Mumbai Doctors Strike: Strike of resident doctors in Mumbai, impact on OPD, patients returned without treatment

Mofid Khan, Mumbai: 7,000 resident doctors of state government and BMC hospitals have gone on strike since Monday morning for their various demands. The effect of the strike has started showing in the hospitals on the first day itself. The patients were not aware of the strike by the resident doctors and reached the OPD. Due to shortage of doctors in OPD, patients had to stand in queue for hours. At the same time, due to late arrival of doctors in OPD of some departments, patients had to return without treatment. However, the hospital administration has claimed to have made preparations at its level to deal with it. Let us tell you that the resident doctors are on strike since Monday morning for the demands of dearness allowance, plight of hostels, creation of posts of senior doctors, Covid allowance etc. These doctors have kept themselves away from non-emergency services like OPD, Ward etc. However, resident doctors are rendering their services in the Emergency Department, ICU.

Most of the patients did not get treatment due to non-commencement of OPD on time in Sion Hospital. Mohan Sarang, who reached Sion Hospital from Antop Hill to get his leg dressed, was turned back by the staff due to shortage of doctors in the OPD. Sangeeta Yadav, who reached Sion Hospital in the morning for her daughter’s treatment, sat outside the OPD hoping that the senior doctor might see her daughter. Sangeeta told that the OPD started about an hour late. Apart from this, due to non-availability of a doctor in the ward, his son himself reached the OPD to show Shakuntala Devi admitted in the ward. The impact of the doctors’ strike was also visible in the OPD department of KEM, Nair.

OPD increased by more than 60 percent
Director of major hospitals of BMC, Dr. Neelam Andrade told that all the senior doctors of the hospital have given their services in OPD. During the day, about 60 percent OPD has been done in all major hospitals as compared to daily. Apart from this, necessary surgeries were done in all the hospitals.

Doctors performed
Resident doctors of Government Medical Colleges of other districts of the state, including JJ Hospital, KEM and Nair Hospital, staged a sit-in protest with posters in their hands for their demands. Through this banner, the doctors clearly said that we do not want assurance. Central Mard President Dr. Avinash Dahiphale said that we also do not want the patients to be upset, but the government is also ignoring our demands.

nurses demonstrated
Nurses also protested outside the hospital and BMC headquarters on Monday regarding their duty pattern. President of Noble Nursing Union, Kalpana Gajula said that the organization has been agitating for years regarding the duty pattern. But instead of fulfilling it, the administration is just giving assurances. That is why the nurses staged a protest outside Kasturba Hospital on Monday.

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