Resident doctors’ strike Now affecting patient service in Mumbai - India
Posted Jul 12 2009 11:06pm
Almost 2000 work for hospitals in the city of Mumbai and service are being restricted and most could be facing termination notices, but what does that accomplish? I just wonder are there enough in the ranks to just walk in take over?
The strike is over earnings and physicians want an increase in pay. Granted the India system is different than ours here in the US, but something to think about should such a nightmare ever happen here, which I would hope it does not. A couple weeks ago I had found this article about a patients family that literally attacked the doctors and tore up the hospital room, and they slated little or no support from those higher up on the issue. BD
Mumbai, July 8(ANI): The indefinite strike by more than 4000 resident doctors in Mumbai, who stopped working from 8 pm on Tuesday, had an adverse affect on the routine patient service in the city on Wednesday.
The resident doctors had called for an indefinite strike in Mumbai demanding an increase in their monthly stipends.
“We have just called this strike for pay hike. All over India under Central Residency Scheme we have equal rights, same exams and our status is equal. Our admission is equivalent and our responsibility is the same all over India. Then why is there discrimination in pay of the doctors in Maharashtra,” said Ankush Kolhe, General Secretary of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD).
However, it proved to be a nightmare for relatives and patients who had to run from pillar to post to get treatment, who were being refused admission.