Sambalpur, Dec 3 (LocalWire) Patients at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) are suffering due to a strike called by Junior Doctors’ Association since Nov 17 in Odisha’s Sambalpur district.
According to sources, due to unavailability of adequate doctors and emergency services, number of patients at the hospital has also decreased of late.
“People are opting for private nursing homes to get their patients admitted due to this strike,” said a hospital source.
A patient said: “We are made to wait for hours for a doctor, even in times of emergency. How can doctors call strike at the expense of patient’s life?”
“Available doctors are refusing to attend to patients citing several excuses like shortage of staff. However, the same doctors are attending to the patients without any excuse at private clinics,” said a relative of another patient.
Meanwhile, hospital authorities said they have taken steps so that emergency services are not disrupted.
“We have formed a core committee to monitor health services and also hold talks with junior doctors to withdraw their strike,” said VIMSAR dean Prof. Braja Mishra.
The Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) are on a strike demanding removal of VIMSAR director and fulfilling a 10-point charter of demands.