To deal with strike, IGMC to call docs from vacation : The Tribune India

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Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 8

Resident doctors of the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMC) began their day-long strike from today. Even as resident doctors continued to provide emergency services, the routine OPDs and other services were adversely affected. They have gone on strike to protest the delay in NEET counselling.

“We are running skeletal services with the help of the faculty. Overall, the work has suffered because of the strike,” said IGMC Principal Surinder Singh. Even as senior doctors are manning the OPDs, the Principal fears things would become unmanageable if the resident doctors boycott emergency services too.

‘Emergency services not affected’

Resident doctors have boycotted even emergency services at many hospitals across the country, but we are performing emergency services so that people do not suffer. —Spokesperson, Resident doctors association

With a view to ensure that patients do not suffer because of the strike, Dr Singh advised patients coming from far-flung areas to defer their visit by a couple of days if they are not facing any emergency situation. “We will continue to provide emergency services, but routine patients can avoid coming to hospital for a few days,” the Principal said.

The IGMC has taken certain other measures to handle the evolving situation. “We have issued orders to all heads of departments to recall the doctors who have gone on routine leave,” said Dr Singh. “Also, we have requested Director, Medical Education, to recall our doctors from other medical colleges, where they have been sent on deputation,” said Dr Singh.

Meanwhile, resident doctors reiterated their demand for expediting the counselling process. “Resident doctors have boycotted even emergency services at many hospitals across the country, but we are manning emergency services so that people do not suffer,” said a spokesperson for the Resident Doctors Association.

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