city govt hospitals remained unaffected

30 September 2009

The services at government hospitals in district and taluk centres remained unaffected on Tuesday due to the doctors strike as the doctors were on duty despite submitting their resignations to the government.

Dr Prabhudeva, medical superintendent, District Government Wenlock Hospital, said of the 21 doctors, three were on deputation to Lady Goschen and of the rest 12 were on duty. Five doctors are on leave due to festival and one is in Bangalore on duty for attending an inquiry. Both Resident Medical Officer and the superintendent are also on duty, he said.

The hospital is attached to a medical college and hence gets more than 100 doctors daily in various specialties. Sources said even if all the doctors were on leave, it would not have made much of a difference due to this special arrangement. The hospital is attached to KMC since the mid 50s.

Dr Shakuntala, superintendent, Lady Goschen Hospital, said there was no problem for patients due to the strike as all doctors who had submitted their resignations were on duty. The maternity and neo natal care hospital has six government doctors, of them four including the superintendent, are on duty. While one doctor is on casual leave from past three days and another absent as she is facing disciplinary action.

The hospital, like Wenlock Hospital, is attached to a medical college and gets 10 doctors daily from the college.

District Health Officer Dr Jagannath said of the 138 government doctors in the district about 50% were on leave due to the strike. This, he said would not have a pronounced effect on the health care services as taluk level health centres and hospitals were working at full strength.

source times of india


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