TN: Medical services in hit as docs protest

Medical services in state-run hospitals were hit when about doctors went on strike protesting the gruesome murder of a 55-year-old woman doctor.

Updated: Jan 04, 2012, 20:46 PM IST

Chennai: Medical services in state-run
hospitals in Tamil Nadu were hit on Wednesday when about 16,000
doctors went on a day`s strike protesting the gruesome murder
of a 55-year-old woman doctor in Tuticorin.

The surgeon was allegedly hacked to death in her clinic
by a man whose pregnant wife in serious condition was treated
by her and died en route to a hospital after she developed
some complications, police said.

The man went to the clinic on January 2 and allegedly
attacked the doctor while his three accomplices waited
outside. All the four have been arrested, police said.
The Tamil Nadu Government Doctors` Association, which is
spearheading the agitation, said doctors wore black badges and
struck work in all the hospitals.

The services in the surgery department and OPD came to a
halt from 7.30 am, according to the association`s state
secretary Dr P Balakrishnan.

Balakrishnan sought police protection for doctors and
hospitals in the state.
The Indian Medical Association`s Tamil Nadu unit has also
given a call for a similar strike tomorrow.

Balakrishnan said the two associations would meet on
Thursday and hold a rally in Chennai.

PTI