Only those docs at OTs,ICU,Emergency wing will work today
Due to the ongoing PGIMER stalemate between the Association of Resident Doctors (ADR) and the OT technicians over the alleged assault of a doctor by an OT technician,the ARD members have decided to proceed on mass casual leave (CL) tomorrow. However,those resident doctors who are assigned operation theatre,ICU and emergency wing duties will not join the mass CL.
With this,OPD services in all departments and services at various wards where patients are admitted will be hit,as these services are mostly run by resident doctors. PGI has a total strength of over 1,000 resident doctors and more than half this number will not be available tomorrow. The move is likely to significantly hamper the patient care at the tertiary care hospital.
Meanwhile,the committee constituted to look into the allegation of assault on a resident doctor has issued a showcause notice to the OT technician and transferred him to the tetanus ward. The panel was headed by Dr Y K Batra of the Department of Anesthesia.
However,the ARD demand seeking a written apology from Gurpreet,the OT technician,remains unfulfilled. Gurpreet has sough 20 days to file the reply to the notice. On Thursday Dr Ajay Mishra had alleged that Gurpreet assaulted him and locked him in the staff washroom. Gurpreet has denied the charges. Both the OT technician and Doctor are backed by their respective associations.
Jagjit,president of the PGIMER OT technicians association said,We held several meetings today with the ARD members in the presence of authorities. The ARD is demanding the termination of the technicians services and a written apology,both of which are not justified and legitimate demands.