Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Docs on strike

Wow, I mean just wow.

Doctors on strike? Police lathi charged them?  BTW lathi charge basically means a baton charge.

Over 50 deaths due to lack of medical care?  Is this a foreshadow of Obamacare?

Rajasthan: 50 lives lost, but docs continue stir
The Times of India -

JAIPUR: In a tragic situation, over 50 people have lost their lives across Rajasthan after medical services was virtually paralysed in five major districts of the state with around 1,200 resident doctors going on an indefinite strike against alleged lathi charge on medicos in Jodhpur.

According to reports, 50 people, including infants have died in the state, especially in Jodhpur and Jaipur due to lack of proper medical care. All six government medical colleges and their attached hospitals in Rajasthan have left medical services crippled in the state for over three days now.

While the outdoor patient departments (OPD) have been adversely affected at all hospitals following the strike that began Saturday, the indoor patients have been left to the mercy of nursing staff.

"We are looking into the issue. We have also heard about these deaths and have to verify facts. If so many have died, then the cause of death has to be ascertained. It is pre-mature for us to comment," said an official of the medical and health department in Jodhpur on Monday on condition of anonymity.

The resident doctors are on strike since Saturday protesting alleged police atrocities at the MDM Medical College.

Demanding action against senior police and administration officials, private and government doctors went on a strike in around 40 hospitals in Jodhpur, while resident doctors struck work in Jaipur, Kota, Ajmer and Bikaner.

"We have called the strike to protest the baton-charge Saturday in which many of our students and doctors were injured," Dr KK Sahu, president of the Jaipur Association of Resident Doctors said, adding that the strike would continue till the police officials are suspended.

Resident doctors say the police resorted to baton-charge following a minor scuffle between some doctors and attendants of a patient.