Hyderabad

Medicos' strike cripples emergency services

The junior doctors are demanding that they should be called for talks immediately or they will not attend even emergency duties. Photo: Nagara Gopal

The junior doctors are demanding that they should be called for talks immediately or they will not attend even emergency duties. Photo: Nagara Gopal  

Authorities at Gandhi, Osmania and Niloufer hospitals fail to make alternative arrangements

Critical medical services at all the government hospitals in the capital were paralysed on Friday evening after the protesting junior doctors decided to stay away from emergency services. Vital casualty wards, intensive care units of various departments, in-patient and outpatient wards at all the teaching hospitals in twin cities were hit, as junior doctors boycotted all their medical duties.

Authorities at Gandhi, Osmania and Niloufer Hospitals failed to make any alternate arrangements. Only skeletal staff of one doctor and two or three nurses were present at critical emergency wings to handle patient inflow. Usually, round-the-clock emergency wards at Osmania and Gandhi have close to 14 junior doctors attending to critical patients.

Barring a doctor and two nurses, nobody else was present at the casualty ward of Gandhi and Osmania General Hospital. “We are helpless. There is nobody to take care of my son. Nobody is helping us here. We are very desperate and tense,” said Narasingh Rao, whose son Neeraj was brought to the casualty ward of Gandhi hospital on Friday evening after he took a fall from the third floor at his residence in Jaynagar Colony.

Services at vital intensive care units (ICU) in Cardiology Department at Gandhi Hospital and paediatric units at Niloufer Hospital were completely hit by the boycott of emergency services.

“We have asked all our senior doctors to be present round the clock to tide over the crisis. And yet, it is a big challenge to handle so many sick children who are in serious condition with less manpower,” senior doctors at Niloufer Hospital maintained.

While the medical services at all the teaching hospitals came to a grinding halt, junior doctors on Friday evening maintained that they will not go back to duties till Government accepts their demands. “We had given the Government ample time to consider our demands. The Government is responsible for this situation because they did not solve the issues raised by us,” medicos maintained. The junior doctors expressed willingness to participate in any meaningful talks with authorities on their issues.

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