GMC Jmu resident doctors extend strike
The resident doctors of Government Medical College Jammu extended their strike for two more days on Friday even as GMC Srinagar administration reinstated almost all the resident doctors who were earlier terminated.
On July 4, the junior doctors of GMC Jammu had called for a two day strike against the termination of their colleagues by GMC Srinagar administration. The doctors suspended the ward and OPD services, seeking reinstatement of their colleagues in Srinagar.
On Thursday, following a series of meetings between the authorities and the doctors on strike, the GMC withdrew the order of termination, suspension or repatriation of 36 doctors. However, the suspension orders of Dr Qayoom and Dr Faizan were not revoked.
"We will continue our strike until and unless the termination of president and vice-president of GMC Srinagar RDA is not revoked," said Dr Sourav Katoch, president GMC Jammu Resident Doctors Association.
Asked if junior doctors are going to stop emergency services at the hospital, Dr Katoch said, "We cannot do this now since the Amaranth yatris are going to suffer the most due to this move. However, we will not attend the patients at the OPD and wards until our demands are met."
Meanwhile, health services at the hospital remained partially affected as junior doctors attended the patients only at the emergency wards. The resident doctors of the twin medical colleges of the state have been demanding removal of pay anomaly, proper security arrangements during the duty hours, canteen facility within the campus, and reinstatement of their colleagues terminated by the GMC Srinagar administration.