BENGALURU: Although services at government medical college hospitals were affected following the strike by Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD), it did not cause much tension as patients only complained about delay in services.
KARD members on Tuesday stayed away from emergency service duty, which forced the BMCRI to press for alternate arrangement.
BMCRI official say that services were not affected and situation was under control as steps were taken in advance.
A BMCRI report that has been sent to director of medial education on Tuesday says that over 3,000 patients have been admitted at BMCRI hospitals.
About 1,094 patients were treated at the outpatient ward in Victoria Hospitals, 393 cases were attended to at Vani Vilas, 240 at Minto Eye Hospital, 1,129 at Bowring and 479 at Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.
BMCRI Letter Surgeries for which assistance of PG students is required has been postponed and only simple surgeries are being considered. A doctor from Victoria hospital said, if this situation goes on additional manpower will be needed.
“We have written to the director of the Department of Health and Family Welfare seeking their help during emergency to press their doctors,” said an official from BMCRI.
Over 2,500 doctors from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi, Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences, Ballari and Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Mysuru are on an indefinite strike.
Health Director Dr Vamadeva says that he has already directed the officials from his Department to keep the list of the doctors ready to depute them to super specialty hospitals.
“Following the strike by PG students and with transport strike on Wednesday, there could be extra burden on super speciality hospitals and hence I have asked our hospitals not to divert any ordinary or simple and minor emergency cases to such hospital as it may be a burden. And such cases should be treated at hospitals that come under health department,” he said.
On Transport Strike
Dr P K Devadas, Dean BMCRI said, the staffs have been told to give their names for pick and drop service during such type of emergencies.
“Out aim is patient care and for that we readied alternate arrangement for our staff. The bus owned by the medical college will be sent to pick and drop all our staff who have given their names,” he said.