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Doctors threaten to step up agitation

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CUTTACK: There was no sign of any let-up in the junior doctors’ strike in the State even as the cease-work stir by over 500 doctors in all the three government medical colleges entered the sixth day on Monday. After three days of holidays, it was expected that the Government would take some step on Monday to end the imbroglio and restore the healthcare facilities in these hospitals.

The striking doctors have threatened to step up their agitation to paralyse the healthcare services in these hospitals. “We were expecting some positive step by the government on Monday after three days of holidays. But it seems the Government is non-committal to our demands,” said JDA spokesman Sushant Kumar Sahu at SCB medical college and hospital here on Monday.

Hospital superintendent Trilochan Sahu however, indicated that the Government was actually concerned about the breakdown of healthcare facilities in the teaching hospitals and a delegate of government officials under the chairmanship of DMET N K Mohanty would soon meet the striking doctors.

BERHAMPUR: A special control room was opened up in the MKCG medical college campus from Monday to deal with the complaints of the patients and their attendants due to the continuing strike of junior doctors.

This control room is being managed by the administrative officer of the medical college, Ranjan Sharma. Meanwhile on the sixth day of their agitation, the striking junior doctors of MKCG medical college received the support of the MBBS students. The MBBS students boycotted their classes in support of the agitation of junior doctors.

The strike has affected the medical services in the medical college hospital. The inflow of patients has also gone down as more and more patients are getting admitted to the private nursing home in the city. On Monday beds were found to be vacant in the medicine department. The ICU of the medicine department was also vacant. The authorities have cancelled leaves of all teachers and physicians. The assistant surgeons posted as teaching faculty has been deployed in the hospital, said Mr Sharma.

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