Chandigarh: For about four hours the patient care services at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), went on halt as about 1200 junior residents from various department sat on protest outside the PGI’S administrative block here on Friday.
Sharing the reason behind the called strike, most of the junior doctors said that they were sitting on the protest because of the callous attitude of not providing the campus ambulance to Dr Dhanshree Sharma, a junior resident doctor in Pediatrics, who died after she was hit by an unidentified four wheeler vehicle while travelling by her scooter from Chandigarh to Naraingarh early morning of July 26.
“We just want to get assurance that from now onwards the institute will have at least basic security facilities for us. He added that for all the doctors who are posted in the outer areas, there is no bus service for them as the bus goes only once in a week and because of that the we have to go on our vehicles which is not safe,” said a junior resident from the department of omnipathology on request of anonymity.
While, later the strike was called off after the meeting with the PGI Director Yogesh Chawla accepted all the demands raised by the junior doctors and later the residents joined back their duties in the afternoon. Emergency and OPD services were also affected. However, PGI authorities claimed that they are functioning.
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