Prolonged strike by doctors in Lucknow Medical Institute

May 30th, 2009 - 4:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Lucknow, May 30 (ANI): Hundreds of patients in Lucknow have been forced to suffer as the authorities of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) have shut down the institute due to the prolonged strike by the doctors.

The doctors have gone on a strike to register their protest against non-payment of their arrears as per the Sixth Pay Commission, which they claim to be their rightful dues.

Another demand by the doctors is that be their hospital should be assigned the same status as that of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“Our demand is that the status given to AIIMS and the facilities provided to AIIMS should be given to this hospital as well. The status of a Referral Centre should be maintained,” said Dr. Anurag Gupta of Sanjay Gandhi, SGPGIMS Amidst these claims and demands by the doctors, the patients have had to bear the brunt. They said that the concerned doctors have turned a blind eye and deaf ears to their miseries by not attending to the ailing persons.

Even emergency services had been terminated at the hospital, they said.”I have got a transplant done. I am here to meet the concerned doctor but the nurses, staff and police are not letting me meet him. They are saying that the hospital is closed in spite of the fact that the doctor is sitting inside,” said Kamini, a patient.

Meanwhile, Rita Bahugana Joshi who heads the Uttar Pradesh unit of Congress party came out in support of the doctors and other staff members.

She slammed the state government for not paying heed to the genuine demands of the doctors.

“The Uttar Pradesh government has got money to erect elephant statues, build structures, make a park worth 45 thousand millions but it does not have money to pay arrears to 25000 employees. This is unbelievable,” said Joshi.

Doctors said that it was the administration, which was to be blamed for shutting down the hospital by pointing out that they are ready to provide treatment to the people by running parallel emergency services. (ANI)

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