Even as the Indian Medical Association (IMA) called off its strike and doctors of various medical colleges and institutes across the state resumed duty Thursday, the medical services could only be restored partially with medical students continuing to protest.
In the evening, King George Medical University (KGMU) students called off their strike while students in Kanpur did not relent.
In compliance with the directives of the Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow bench, the state government Thursday transferred Kanpur SSP Yashaswi Yadav and attached him with the DGP Headquarters. A panel of names for new Kanpur SSP has been sent to the Election Commission, confirmed IG (Law & Order) Amrendra Singh Sengar.
For the past six days, medical services in the state were crippled with medicos protesting police action on MBBS students after a clash between undergraduate medical students of the GSV Medical College, Kanpur, and Samajwadi Party MLA Irfan Solanki last Friday.
After the High Court took suo motu cognizance of the strike Wednesday, the IMA decided to suspend the strike late Wednesday night. “We have decided to take back the strike,” said Dr Ravi Mehra, state president, IMA.
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The Uttar Pradesh Provincial Medical Service Association also cancelled its one-day strike which was called for Thursday.
Members of KGMU Teachers’ Association’s general body, who met Thursday, have returned to duty while claiming moral support to the “struggle” of Kanpur doctors, said Dr Naim Ahmad, general secretary of the association.
GSV Medical College faculty members are also on duty, said Dr Ambrish Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and media in-charge of GSV Medical College, Kanpur.
According to reports, the OPD services at the GSV Medical College were disrupted with around 300 patients being able to meet the doctors.
Similarly, in KGMU, Lucknow, OPD was functional only partially. “Only 120 odd receipts could be made for new patients when resident doctors came and closed the OPD,” said Dr S N Sankhwar, Chief Medical Superintendent, KGMU and Associated Hospital, Lucknow.
“All faculty and most senior residents have returned to work but not the students,” said the CMS.
Nearly 20 patients were seen at the Trauma Centre Thursday while seven fresh admissions were done in the emergency, said Dr Sankhwar.
Earlier in the day, KGMU V-C Dr D K Gupta addressed the students and explained to them the high court’s order as well as the government’s decision to invoke ESMA, asking them to call off their strike, said Dr Sankhwar.
“The emergency services are running full fledged. From tomorrow, the OPD services will also function as usual,” said Dr Aditya Patel, president, KGMU resident doctors’ association.