HYDERABAD: Emergency services at all teaching hospitals across the state went haywire as junior doctors abstained from emergency services, demanding a solution to their demands. Though the superintendent of Gandhi Hospital, S Mahaboob claimed they employed sufficient number of doctors in place of striking junior doctors, the situation is not good at the hospital.
Bhaskar (25) from Toopran in Medak district who fell from a tree died in the emergency ward on Saturday. The family members of Bhaskar alleged he died as the hospital authorities had failed to provide proper treatment but hospital officials denied saying he died due to multiple injuries. Mahaboob said they have appointed 37 additional doctors to attend to emergency services.
But there was still shortage of personnel at each department. According to junior doctors, 14 house surgeons and 5 PG students each assist doctors in 10 departments but officials could not fill the gap. In the emergency ward alone, 200 junior doctors including house surgeons and PG students work every day. The patients admitted into regular medical wards also suffered as only nurses and ward boys were left to attend them.
Meanwhile, the All India Democratic Women’s Association members staged a protest at Gandhi Hospital demanding the government to address the demands.
Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who inspected the Tirupati Maternity Hospital asked agitating doctors not to make poor patients suffer. The chief minister said if there are problems, they should be discussed over the table. “Subjecting people to difficulties was not proper,” he said.