Doctors on strike today

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    Jul 21, 2010
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    People down with flu or other “not-so-serious” ailments will find it tough to see a doctor on Monday owing to medics’ strike. Emergency services will not be hit, though.

    Dr Rajiv Ranjan, the secretary of the Bihar chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA), told The Telegraph: “But for emergency services, people of our fraternity will not attend to patients on Monday.”

    About 4,000 government doctors and around 25,000 private practitioners across the state would abstain from work on Monday following a strike call given by IMA to register its protest against the Centre’s move to constitute National Commission of Human Resource for Health (NCHRH) in place of Medical Council of India, which regulates the functioning of doctors now.

    Already grappling with the junior doctors’ strike, the health department on Sunday issued an appeal to the medics to reconsider their decision on going on one-day strike. “I have urged the office-bearers of IMA to reconsider their decision keeping the ground realities in mind as several cases of brain fever have come to light in the state,” principal secretary of health department Vyasji said, adding that he had written a letter to the general secretary of the Bihar chapter of IMA earlier making the same request.

    But as things stand now, the doctors would go on strike on Monday. Most of the state-run hospitals have decided to admit only serious patients on Monday.

    Superintendent of Sri Krishna Medial College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur, G.K. Thakur said the health hub would only admit and treat upon serious patients on Monday in view of the strike plan of the IMA. Children afflicted with the acute encephalitis syndrome would be treated as usual, said the chief medical officer-cum-civil surgeon of Muzaffarpur, Gyan Bhushan.

    Services in the outpatient departments of the hospitals are likely to suffer because of the strike in protest against the constitution of NCHRH. Bihar Health Services Association (BHSA) general secretary Dr Ajay Kumar said: “We are opposed to the move because the proposed NCHRH is neither democratic nor representative in nature.”

    Elaborating the point, he said the Centre would have the power to nominate members for NCHRH. Doctors, whose functioning it would regulate, would have no say in its constitution. Also, it would give the government the power to nominate non-medical persons in the body.

    “How can a non-medical person regulate the functioning of doctors?” asked Dr Ajay.

    The doctors are also opposed to some of the provisions of Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010, which they termed discriminatory in nature.

    “We support the government’s move of regulating the functioning of nursing homes to ensure delivery of quality services to patients through the act. But the provision making stabilisation of patients mandatory for emergency doctors before sending them to specialists is very discriminatory in nature,” said Dr Ranjan.

    Echoing the IMA office-bearer, BHSA’s general secretary said: “Such a provision would allow only corporate hospitals to survive because only they can keep all the facilities under one roof.”

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