Doctors` strike cripples medical services in city

Last Updated: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 22:30

Kolkata: Indefinite strike by junior doctors
of the premier SSKM Hospital here continued for the second day
today and spread to another state-run hospital in protest
against the assault on one of their colleagues even as a
conciliatory attempt by authorities failed to end the impasse.

Unconfirmed reports said that two patients died after
being denied admission in the SSKM hospital.

However, hospital authorities were not available for
comment.

Officials said the SSKM hospital authorities initiated a
dialogue with the striking junior doctors to persuade them to
end the agitation but the stalemate continued with the medicos
demanding more security in the hospital premises.

Meanwhile, the cease work spread to National Medical
College and Hospital where the medicos stopped work in
solidarity with the doctors in the SSKM hospital.

The strike caused considerable inconvenience to the
patients as hundreds of them were returned. Those included
patients seeking admission in the emergency ward.

Junior doctors at the SSKM Hospital yesterday went on an
indefinite ceasework in protest against the assault on a
colleague following the death of a patient in the emergency
ward.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 22:30
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