GNDH doc­tors call off strike after state health min­is­ter in­ter­venes

DAY 5 Min­is­ter’s OSD tells pro­test­ers their de­mands will be ful­filled; 4-mem­ber panel formed for smooth hospi­tal ops

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­[email protected]­dus­tan­ ■

AM­RIT­SAR: The strike by some 1000 se­nior and ju­nior res­i­dent doc­tors, along with med­i­cal stu­dents at Guru Nanak Dev Hospi­tal (GNDH) has been called off on fifth day of strike on Satur­day, after Pun­jab health and fam­ily wel­fare min­is­ter Brahm Mo­hin­dra in­ter­vened.

The strike was sus­pended after min­is­ter’s of­fi­cer on spe­cial duty (OSD), Puneet Girid­har, met the ag­i­tat­ing doc­tors and stu­dents on Satur­day evening and as­sured them of meet­ing most of their de­mands.

In a meet­ing, OSD said, “The de­mands of ag­i­tat­ing doc­tors will be met. Closed-ci­cuit TV cam­eras will be in­stalled and se­cu­rity guards will be ap­pointed to in­crease the se­cu­rity of the hospi­tal and its staff. How­ever, the de­mand of med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent’s (MS) res­ig­na­tion needs proper doc­u­men­ta­tion and pro­ce­dure. For this, a four mem­ber bench has been made.”

The com­mit­tee in­cludes lead­ers of ju­nior and se­nior res­i­dent doc­tors , MS Dr Surinder Paul and Med­i­cal Col­lege prin­ci­pal Dr Su­jata Sharma. The com­mit­tee will con­duct meet­ings after ev­ery 15 days to look after the af­fairs con­cern­ing the in­sti­tu­tion, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity mea­sures. Dr Paul will also present his side of the story be­fore the com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Mean­while, after ne­go­ti­a­tions, the health ser­vices at the hospi­tal have been re­sumed and the doc­tors have started at­tend­ing pa­tients. Ear­lier, the strike had started in protest against a guard, who al­legedly mo­lested two ju­nior doc­tors on the in­ter­ven­ing night of Sun­day and Mon­day. Apart from in­creased se­cu­rity mea­sures, the pro­test­ers had de­manded res­ig­na­tion of med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent of the hospi­tal for al­legedly mak­ing in­de­cent re­marks against women after the in­ci­dent.

■ The strike had started after a se­cu­rity guard al­legedly mo­lested two res­i­dent ju­nior doc­tors of the hospi­tal. HT PHOTO

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