Resident doctors at Minto continue protest

Doctors from Victoria and Minto hospitals staging a protest on Monday demanding arrest of the persons who attacked their colleagues.

Doctors from Victoria and Minto hospitals staging a protest on Monday demanding arrest of the persons who attacked their colleagues.   | Photo Credit: VSreenivasaMurthy


Counterparts in other medical colleges across the State expected to protest on Tuesday

The protest by members of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) Resident Doctors’ Association entered the third day on Monday causing hardship to out-patients.

Alleging that members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) had “manhandled” two resident doctors, who were on duty at the State-run Minto Ophthalmic Hospital on Friday evening, the resident doctors had launched an indefinite ‘OPD boycott’ on Saturday.

As a result, most patients, who visited these hospitals on Saturday, reportedly had to return without treatment. Over 70% of out-patient services are provided by post-graduate doctors in teaching hospitals. Out-Patient departments in BMCRI affiliated hospitals — Minto, PMSSY, Trauma and Emergency Care Centre and Victoria hospitals — saw long queues as patients waited to see a doctor.

Although Medical Education Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan held a meeting with the protesters and assured that their demand for adequate security would be immediately considered, the resident doctors refused to budge.

“We want the police to initiate action against the KRV members, who manhandled us and obstructed us from performing our duties. Such incidents are happening frequently and we are being intimidated. We will continue our strike and associations from other medical colleges across the State have expressed solidarity with us,” said association vice-president Savitha Patil.

She said resident doctors from other medical colleges (teaching hospitals) will also stage protest demonstrations in their respective hospitals on Tuesday.

Although emergency services were attended to, regular doctors, consultants and specialists were burdened with a heavy patient load.

Jagadamba from Doddaballapura, who brought her husband for a follow-up visit, was disappointed as they were asked to come another day.

Saira Banu, a resident of Old Guddahalli, who came with a complaint of frequent headaches, was disappointed as the doctor did not do a thorough examination due to the rush of patients. “He straightaway prescribed glasses and sent me away,” she said.

Mubin Taj, a resident of Yarab Nagar, Banashankari, said, “I experienced a complication with my pregnancy. I was sent for an ultrasound and given a list of medicines after a three-hour wait, but I was unable to meet my regular doctor in Vani Vilas Hospital as he was participating in the strike.”

Minister announces compensation

Medical Education Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan on Monday announced a compensation of ₹3 lakh to each of the 10 victims of the botched cataract surgeries in the State-run Minto Ophthalmic Hospital.

The surgeries, conducted on July 9, had adversely affected the vision of 22 of the 24 patients. While two lost vision completely, eight others lost partial vision.

On Friday, members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike had gathered in front of the hospital to stage a demonstration seeking justice for the victims. A tussle between KRV members and resident doctors has resulted in a protest by the latter, the Minister said.

Appealing to the protesters to withdraw their strike, he said Karnataka Industrial Security Forces (KISF) would be deployed in all the 17 medical colleges in the State.

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