Another gate meeting hits GMSH-16 services

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Two days after the patients had to bear the brunt of a gate meeting by a section of staff at the Government Multi- Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, it was once again the same scenario at the hospital on Friday morning.

For over two hours, healthcare services at the hospital were hit, leaving the patients hassled.

Not only the surgeries were delayed but many of them were even postponed. Till 12 noon, no surgeries could be done and all the operation theatres wore a deserted look.

The protesting staff — over 500 in number comprising lab technicians, a section of nurses, class IV employees and sweepers, besides staff working on contract basis — claimed that they had to resort to this after talks with the hospital administration about their long-standing demands failed to generate any positive response. ANM students, GNM and nursing students also participated in the gate meeting.

However, chaos reigned at the hospital as the gate meeting began at 9 am and continued till about 11 am which are the peak hours at the hospital. Consequently, the patients had a tough time entering even the hospital. All OPDs were severely hit and no X-ray and other diagnostic tests could be done till noon.

The protesting staff raised slogans against the dictatorial attitude of Dr Rajiv Vadhera, Medical Superintendent, GMSH-16, Chandigarh.

The protesting staff demanded that the changes made to the government accommodations allotted to the employees should be regularised. Besides, they said that the move to shift the School of Nursing to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, be stalled. They also demanded that officiating director health services-cum-medical superintendent Dr Rajiv Vadehra be repatriated to his parent state.

When contacted, Dr Vadehra said that the "issue of allowing changes made to the government accommodations allotted to employees is not under my purview and, therefore, there is no question of regularising these".

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