The Indian Medical Association-sponsored one-day strike badly hit the privately run health services in many districts while there was no impact in the State capital.
The IMA and A..P. Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (APNA) have called the strike in protest against the Centre’s decision to scrap Medical Council of India, set up National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) and introduce Bachelor of Rural Healthcare course.
In Hyderabad, doctors led by N. Appa Rao, chairman, special action committee ( All India IMA strike) took out a rally from Koti to Osmania General Hospital. Another demonstration was held at A.S. Rao Nagar. However, most of the private clinics and corporate hospitals functioned as usual.
According to a report from Karimnagar, doctors associated with APNA and IMA staged a dharna in front of government headquarters hospital in Karimnagar town. APNA president Prabhakar Reddy and IMA district president Ch. Ramanachary were among those who participated.
They demanded that the government exempt doctors from the purview of Consumers Protection Act.
There was a considerable increase in the number of patients at the government headquarters hospital in the wake of the strike by doctors from the private sector.
A report from Warangal said that clinics and nursing homes were closed down and scores of doctors took out a rally from MGM hospital to Kakatiya Medical College where they staged a demonstration. They wanted more protective measures to the profession and wanted autonomy to MCI.
At Vizianagaram, State IMA president, V.S. Prasad, who participated in the rally from RTC complex to fort junction, said the IMA would intensity the stir if the government failed to concede their demands.
In Tirupati, about 500 doctors and 300 nurses took out a rally from Sri Venkateswara Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital to the Municipal Coporation office.
Health services in the private sector were also severely affected in the districts of Nizamabad, Adilabad, Vizianagararam, West Godavari, Nellore and Kurnool.
At some places, government doctors too participated in the demonstrations.
Keywords: Indian Medical Association strike