Telangana government hikes pay, junior doctors withdraw | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: Patient services were badly hit at Gandhi Hospital, Telangana’s nodal Covid-19 nodal hospital on day two of the strike called by Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA) over better wages and facilities for their kin. The strike was eventually withdrawn late in the evening.
Gandhi Hospital took the maximum brunt of the strike, seeing several delays and impact on patient services as there were a handful of doctors present at key wards. In addition to Covid-19 patients, the hospital is now seeing more admissions of mucormycosis cases.
“Patients were neglected. There were around 30 admissions of mucormycosis patients on Thursday as compared to 22 Covid-19 patients. There were delays in medical management of such cases,” a top hospital source said. “Covid-19 patients who are co-morbid and ones on insulin could not get medications on time as only a handful of nurses were managing the wards. There were no doctors around,” the offical added.
Slight delays in administering injections, daily rounds and medications were seen in other government tertiary care centres too, with doctors staging protests and boycotting duty for some hours. However, the impact was not as severe at these centres as doctors resumed OP services after a few hours.
Junior doctors and senior residents staged protests across tertiary centres like Gandhi Hospital, Osmania General Hospital, TIMS, Kakatiya Medical College and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Adilabad among others. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has now backed TJUDA’s demands saying these are genuine demands.
While junior doctors were reluctant on Wednesday to call off the strike despite assurances by the government as their demands were only partially met, they decided to call off the strike after marathon negotiations with state health authorities for the second day in a row on Thursday. “Keeping in view of patient’s health as our priority and also our responsibility to serve them in present pandemic crisis, we T-JUDA are calling off the strike and will report to duties from 9 pm,” TJUDA said in a statement.
The government issued formal orders enhancing stipend of junior doctors by 15 per cent, which was one of the key demands.
“We express our gratitude to our CM and health authorities for addressing stipend hike for interns, post graduates, super specialty post graduates, senior residents and allocation of beds for doctors and their family members in NIMS Hospital,” TJUDA immediately said.
The only issue that was not completely addressed was about ex-gratia for healthcare workers who lost their lives due to Covid-19.
“Health officials have given us verbal assurance that an alternative for ex-gratia will be discussed with the chief minister. We hope that this issue will be addressed,” said Dr V Naveen, president of the TJUDA.


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