Government doctors strike keep patients waiting for hours

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Patients at the KGH faced a hard time at the OP counter and other wards today with the doctors went on a flash strike in protest against the ‘lopsided policy’ of the government pertaining to time bound promotion and the implementation of the Seventh Pay Revision Commission recommendations among others.

The patients had to wait for hours together for their turn to meet the doctors. With many of them not being aware of the doctors’ protest, the patients and their attendants found it hard to get the diagnosis done. The operation theatres remained closed as the authorities decided to attend to only emergency cases in the need of surgical intervention.

The KGH and AMC have around 450 government doctors who also attend to their duties at the peripheral hospitals such as Regional Eye Hospital, Victoria Hospital for Women, ENT Hospital, Government Hospital for Mental Care and Government Hospital for Chest Diseases. On an average, 4,000 out patients approach the KGH daily and it admits around 1,500 in patients when compared to its bed strength of 1,277. The average daily admission is around 100 and 60 to 80 operations are performed.

The KGH authorities deployed 450 post graduate doctors at the OP and other wards to cater to the needs of the patients today. Around 450 of the 600 post graduate doctors and Heads of Departments were engaged as the protesting government doctors insisted that they would not attend to their duties at OP care unit barring causality, labour, trauma and ICU.

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