Telangana Doctors strike hits medical services

Vastavam web: While the medical fraternity from Telangana observed a bandh on Thursday following the call by the IMA demanding amendments to the bill to set up National Medical Commission, it was the patients across the state who were left in the lurch. Patients suffered as they could not get any medical help, including diagnostic and lab tests. A Prakash, an AC technician from Kukatpally who had gone to NIMs at Punjagutta, said that he got OP consultation from gastroenterology department, but could not get ultrasound scan done on Thursday.

C Venkataiah, a farmer from Suryapet, was brought to NIMS for OP consultation by his son and daughter for severe knee and joint pains. Though they met physician and got his prescription, they were made to wait for a few hours to get lab tests done.

NIMS authorities said that they have cut down on issuing OP registrations considerably for the last few days owing to resident doctors staying away from duties for few hours every day. Government doctors, working in various state hospitals held black badge protests for some time in their respective hospitals, after which they resumed regular duties.