On Friday government medical officers across the State went on strike demanding the government to revoke the transfer order of Cherthala Taluk Hospital superintendent R. Ramya. The superintendent was reportedly transferred following a dispute with the Cherthala Municipal authority. Ms. Ramya stood her ground and refused to accept the transfer order, terming it demoralising.

She said the order came after she won the accreditation awarded by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH) for her efforts to upgrade the hospital.

Many patients who were not aware of the strike were inconvenienced.

Leela Soman came all the way from Irimpanam in Tripunithura to the General Hospital to fix an appointment for an eye surgery. “Only after I came here did I come to know about the doctors’ strike,” she said.

Her daughter-in-law had taken a day’s leave from work to accompany her.

Like Ms. Leela many patients made their way back home.

Only those who required immediate medical attention stayed back.

At the General Hospital four doctors were on day duty in the casualty ward which handled 200 cases on Friday. House surgeons interning at the hospital assisted them. A doctor checked on patients in the In-Patient ward.. Two emergency caesarean sections were handled and a post-mortem was also conducted by a police surgeon. All the doctors worked without marking their attendance in the register.