The patient care at PGIMER in Chandigarh may further worsen as the Association of resident doctors (ARD) representing the 1500 junior and senior residents of the Institute have served a notice that they would stop working in the emergency services at the premier health hub from Tuesday evening.
Around 1200 resident doctors are on strike since Sunday night over the assault of a resident by a family member of a 72-year-old woman who died during treatment at the Institute. The strike has affected the work at OPD’S which caused harassment to the thousands of patients.Residents posted in the emergencies OPD and trauma centre are only working presently.
“We have served a notice to the administration that we will stop working in the emergency areas from 5 pm today ,” Dr Seran Kumar Reddy who heads the ARD told The Indian Express. “We want a representative from the health ministry to come and hold talks with us.”
On Monday morning, a meeting of all the heads of departments was called by the Institute in which it was discussed what measures need to be taken if the residents stop working at the emergency services.
“Our priority is to provide treatment to the patients who are coming in the emergencies,”said a senior faculty member. “We are discussing what needs to be done in case the resident doctors stopped work in the Emergency and ICU.”
He further said that the disciplinary action against the resident doctors indulging in “indiscipline” would be done later.
On Tuesday, patients visiting from Northern states continue to suffer. Thousands of patients returned at OPD without treatment. The PGI didn’t issue registration cards after 9.am in view of the indefinite strike.
“People are suffering and administration is not doing anything. It is surprising that resident doctors are behaving like this which is causing harassment to the people,”said Ram Singh, a Yamunagar(Haryana) resident who had come to show her 10-year-old daughter at the OPD.
Family members also blame PGI administration for not making people aware about the strike. “They should aware public not to visit the Institute in view of the strike,” said a Punjab resident.
The next round of talks between may happen in today afternoon. The PGI Director Dr Yogesh Chawla on Monday evening said their demands have been agreed.