As the strike by medical teachers in the state entered the fifth day on Monday,non-practising doctors at AMC-run hospitals went on a mass casual leave for a day to express solidarity with the protesting teachers.
Even as the number of surgeries in the municipal corporation run three major hospitals had to be curtailed to one-third in the absence of adequate number of anesthetists today,state Health Secretary Rajesh Kishore maintained that things were running without much problem.
Asked as to how long would the strike go on,he said it was up to the doctors when to end the strike.
The mass CL affected functioning at V S Hospital,Shardaben Hospital and L G Hospital where a number of surgeries could not be planned in the absence of anesthetists and senior teaching doctors.
Dr Pankaj Patel,dean of NHL Municipal Medical College,said nearly 150 non-practising doctors went on mass CL while around 30 probationers and another 30 remained on duty.
Medical superintendent at Shardaben Hospital Dr Nimish Pandya admitted that operations could not be scheduled for lack of anesthetists. Dr M H Makwana,V S Hospital superintendent,said every effort was made to keep the routine intact.
Nearly 2,700 medical teachers,under the banner of Gujarat Medical Teachers Association (GMTA),of government colleges are on an indefinite strike since March 22,demanding UGC pay scales.