Doctors end strike, out-patient time extended

Patients wait for their turn at OP being conducted in an open place at the General Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday

Patients wait for their turn at OP being conducted in an open place at the General Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday

On days when doctors when the strength falls, alternative arrangements will be made, sources said.

The doctors had begun their strike on April 13, protesting against the government's move to extend out-patient facility timings at family health centres without ensuring there was adequate staff.

Meanwhile, in the case of the doctor at Kumaramputhur FHC in Palakkad who was suspended for not appearing for duty, the Minister said if the doctor is ready to provide an explanation, the department might reconsider the disciplinary action taken against him.

The attempt was to defeat the government's "Ardram Mission" which envisages basic facilities to all hospitals in the State and making government hospitals patient-friendly, she said.

In a statement here on Saturday, Mr. Balakrishnan said there was no justification for the doctors' stir against the Aardram Mission as the government had held discussions with them at every stage of implementation of the mission and given them the necessary training.

On the KGMOA's plea to revoke the suspension of a doctor, she said if he submits an apology, the request can be considered.

Describing the strike as "illegal", the health minister warned that the government would be forced to take action against the doctors. Dr Jitesh, General Secretary, KGMOA, told TNM, "Starting a committee to discuss the doctor-patient ratio is a pioneer effort from the government".

Letters in this regard were handed over to the private secretaries of the Pinarayi and Shailaja, shortly, after which the government called the KGMOA for talks.

The services of post-graduate doctors and house surgeons were used by the government to attend to patients coming to the OPs during the stir, officials said.

Doctors in medical college-cum-hospitals were not part of the strike.

In Wayanad, family members of a 62-year-old tribal woman, who had come to the district hospital for treatment on Sunday and died on Monday morning at her home, alleged proper treatment was not provided due to the strike. She died at her home, he said.

The body was brought to the hospital on Monday and the association has suggested that autopsy be performed to find out if there was any negligence.

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