Chandigarh: Finally, after two days strike at PGIMER was calle d of by striking doctors on Tuesday night. Interestingly, the strike came to an end following resentment among the doctors themselves.
The strike ended after the president confirmed that he will give the written confirmation of accepteance of the demands in written by today evening.
Throughout the day harassment for patients and their attendants continued as junior resident doctors went on strike for second consecutive day. Throwing the nobility of profession in the wind, resident doctors created hullabaloo at PGI campus.
However by the evening resident’s doctors were found divided over opinion of seizing the emergency services at tPGI.
The commotion erupted after an attendant of a patient thrashed a resident doctor in full public view in emergency two days ago. The patient’s attendant reportedly alleged that his mother died under treatment due to doctor’s negligence. However he was booked by police and later bailed out.
We are ‘forced’ to sit on strike, Doctors
While sharing the reason behind their decision to continue the strike, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) president Serene Reddy said, “We are forced to do this. Every time such incidents happen, we are just given time and assurance, no action has been taken yet.”
This is not the first time that such incidents have occurred, as earlier also in August 2013, same incident occurred but at that time also the administration has made to fulfil our demands which we are raising again now. Three years have passed but still everything is on paper.
Doc’s share their major issues
Hospital is lacking basic infrastructure, including beds, space and oxygen supply.
Inefficient use of residents is done as the residents are forced to sampling and other clerical work
Triage system is still not started, though the demand was made in august 2013.
Proper guidelines should be made and displayed explaining every hospital staff’s duties.
Proper security system should be formed for every doctor as we can’t afford to get threatened by patient’s attendants any more.
Non-academic Junior residents can be used to do extra work including sampling, clerical work etc.
Most importantly we need to take immediate action regarding the referral system. We can’t waste time in seeing a patient phobia just suffering from cough and cold.
Inadequate staff, space and infrastructure is the main cause of making the residents to suffer.
Implementation of triage system and support from hospital staff, nurses and clerical staff so that we are not overburdened to do other works.
Time is needed to have better communication with the patients and their attendants.
Patients suffer a lot
“After two months we had got the operation date but in the morning when we visited hospital someone told us that no operations will be done as the doctors are on strike. I don’t know what to say every time something happens between the administration and doctors; ultimately we are the one who bear the consequences, said an upset Paramveer, whose sister’s operation was scheduled on Friday.
Story was no different for Shamarani, a resident of Himachal Pradesh, who after identifying the doctor she was to meet started begging him to at least see her report but was denied saying that the doctors are on protest. Sharing her plight, she said, “At 5 AM I reached Chandigarh and since then I was waiting in the nearby Dharamshala to visit the hospital and show my daughter’s report.
“I was not aware that there is a strike today by the nurses. I reached around 10.30 am and was told that he doctors are on strike. I am surprised that the hospital doesn’t understand the duty of informing the patients.
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