Medical services in BHU collapse due to junior doctors’s strike on second day

Beds in a ward lying vacant
Patients with their attendants were seen waiting outside the hospital due to the strike at Sir Sundarlal Hospital in Varanasi

Varanasi, 05 November: The strike of junior doctors in Sir Sundarlal Hospital of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi, from where PM Modi has been elected Member of Parliament(MP) for the second time, continued for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. Resident doctors on being resentful on beating of their companions were continued to persist in demanding the arrest of the attackers. The mobilized doctors kept demanding for their safety in the hospital premises, so that such an incident does not happen again. The strike broke down as OPD services were disrupted in the strike. Patients from the districts and towns of adjoining area have faced trouble.

Serious patients had to move to other hospitals in the city due to medical services being stopped. On the second day too, senior doctors saw patients at some OPDs, but were unable to see all patients due to overcrowding. From the investigation counter to the X-ray, operation theater all were lying vacant. There was silence in the wards also. Due to the strike, operation of many patients was postponed to the next date. The impact of the strike was also visible in the trauma center.

Apart from various districts of Purvanchal, patients from places like Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh etc. and attendants  were seen wandering from hospital to hospital.

On the other hand, the striking resident doctors said that the old security personnel posted in the hospital should be removed and the guards of private security companies should be deployed here. Like AIIMS and PGI have security. Here, no one comes with the patients in the hospital. Resident doctors expressed displeasure that CCTV is also not functioning properly where the incident took place.

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