With no signs of a thaw in talks between the protesting junior doctors and top health authorities, the boycott of medical duties at all government hospitals in the capital continued to cause a lot of trouble to patients. Monday marked the 13 day of the protests.
With medical services getting hit and a danger of losing public sympathy staring at them, junior doctors at Gandhi Hospital embarked upon community service activities.
They organised blood donation camp and also decided to distribute fruits and other eatables to needy patients.
Much to the dismay of patients, the outpatient departments at Gandhi, Osmania General Hospitals and Niloufer Hospital were fully affected. The usual turnout of patients on a Monday, which is an outpatient day, at Gandhi and OGH hovers between 1,200 and 1,500.
Many patients were disappointed, as the hospital authorities had to postpone elective surgeries at several medical departments. By Monday evening, fresh round of talks between the health authorities and junior doctor failed to hammer out a solution as the latter maintained that the government is not showing any credible attempt to address their demands on residential system, stipends and rural service.
A candle light rally was taken out protesting the government's ‘reluctance' to give them an honest assurance on their demands.
Keywords: junior doctors strike