Indore: Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College administration expelled three office bearers of Junior Doctors Association on Tuesday for not returning to work even after enforcement of Essential Services and Maintenance Act. The action has been taken against junior doctors after they submitted mass resignation to dean of MGM Medical College and to MY Hospital superintendent.
Superintendent of MY Hospital Dr VS Pal said president of JDA Dr KS Tiwari, secretary Dr Anshuman Pancholi and joint secretary Dr Mohit Tank among others were expelled from the services. “Action has been taken on orders of senior officials in the department. Action against nursing and paramedical staff will also be taken soon,” Dr Pal said.
However, the college administration did not accept mass resignation of junior doctors who refused to return to work and said that they will not succumb to pressure by government. “We didn’t want to disrupt medical services in hospital due to which we had conducted parallel OPD for a week. We have been requesting government to meet our demands like increasing stipend. But it didn’t listen,” JDA office bearer Dr Abhishek Singh said.
The staff strike at MY Hospital, Chacha Nehru Hospital, Cancer Hospital and TB Hospital has affected health services. Large number of patients had to return without treatment while the admitted patients were also discharged from the hospital without treatment. However, Dr Pal denied that health services were affected.
Other states support JDA
United Resident Doctors’ Association of India, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors and Federation of Resident Doctors Association supported junior doctors of state. Associations of various states have sent letter to state government for revoking action against the agitating doctors.
Paramedical, nursing staff refuse to join work
Paramedical staff, nursing staff and technicians of MY Hospital and other hospitals too refused to return on work on Tuesday. “We will stage a demonstration at the hospital’s gate to press for our demands on Wednesday,” president of Sanyukta Morcha Swasthya Karmchari Sangathan Sohanlal Sharma said. He said that the government had fooled us in February and July by releasing orders to provide seventh pay Qcommission benefits but didn’t implement it.
Woman discharged within hours after caesarean delivery
A 25-year-old woman was discharged from MY Hospital within few hours of her caesarean delivery due to strike. Laxmi Kochale, resident of Soniya Gandhi Nagar, delivered a healthy baby at 2.30 am on Tuesday. “Hospital staff discharged her from the hospital on Tuesday morning though she was weak,” her father-in-law Santosh Kachole said.
He said he was not allowed to enter the hospital when he reached there with clothes and blanket for the new born. “She got down from stairs in absence of staff,” Santosh said. About 15-20 surgeries were postponed due to strike at MY Hospital on Tuesday. QThe OPD count in MYH, which usually remains around 1000 patients was dropped to 300-400 patients on Tuesday.