Chandigarh: The health services in the Post Graduate Institute for Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here were partially affected today as several resident doctors went on indefinite strike protesting “slapping” of a doctor by a consultant last week.

The resident doctors sought stringent disciplinary action against Dr. Santosh Kumar of Urology department for allegedly slapping senior resident Dr. Sanand outside an operation theatre on October 16. .

Even as the PGIMER administration had sent Assistant Professor Dr. Santosh Kumar on leave, the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) demanded strict disciplinary action with immediate effect against the consultant.

The administration had already declared that there would be “no work no pay” till the ARD continues their stir.

According to an official spokesman of PGIMER, about 60 per cent of the resident doctors were on duty on Monday.

Over 2,800 patients were examined in the Out Patient Department (OPD), the spokesman claimed.

All emergency services including ICUs functioned normally, the spokesman said.

With most of the resident doctors on casual leave, it was a tough time for surgeons and consultants as they had to perform several functions.

‘Unethical step’

PGI Director K.K. Talwar described the step of resident doctors as unethical and uncalled for as it stands against the principles of the institute.

We want a written apology from Dr. Santosh Kumar, T. Prabhu Shankar, president of ARD, said.

However, sources said that Dr. Santosh had tendered a written apology to Dr. Sanand.

ARD general secretary Dr Raj Kumar told PTI here that the representatives of the association had two rounds of discussions with the administration earlier in the day which were “partially fruitful”. -- PTI