The second day of strike by laboratory technicians who sat on protest at the General Hospital, Sector 6, caused harassment to the patients who ended up waiting for hours and returned disappointed here on Tuesday.
Later in the day, the Haryana government terminated the services of the lab technicians employed on contract while those who were regular employees were suspended for participating in the strike.
The state-wide strike was called by the members of Haryana State Laboratory Technicians on September 19 and 20 to highlight their demand for revising the pay scales of employees and implementation of the Madhvan Committee’s report on pay anomalies. The lab technicians also demanded adoption of promotion pattern of Central government and regularisation of contractual employees.
“A number of patients are visiting the hospital, especially those with fever-like symptoms. They are advised lab tests, which is essential for diagnosis, but it has become difficult with the lab technicians on strike,” said principal medical officer Dr Veena Singh.
The hospital had set up a fever OPD for diagnosis and treatment of dengue and malaria cases which was also affected due to the strike. “The number of patients has increased in the last one week and with no tests being conducted here, many went to private laboratories,” said an employee.
However, the lab technicians went to report for duty, following a meeting with the Director General Health Services after 2 pm, but were informed about the termination orders.
“We had informed them about the strike days in advance. We did not want to harass the patients, but only draw attention towards our demands. We also decided to report for duty after the orders,” said Ramesh, general secretary, Haryana State Laboratory Technicians’ Union.