KGMU services crippled as junior doctors go on strike

Medical facilities at King George Medical University (KGMU), including its emergency and critical care services, remained paralysed most of Sunday as junior doctors went on strike against the filing of a chargesheet against six doctors and three guards for allegedly beating up a patient's attendants in October last year.

The agitating doctors locked the doors of all patient care units, including the trauma centre, and staged a sit-in demanding the quashing of the action.

In the evening, however, they returned to work. Dr Amit Chandra, one of the doctors named in the charge-sheet, said they would again go on strike if the authorities took no action on their demands in 48 hours.

The doctors want a fresh, unbiased inquiry into the case, transfer of the head of the police post at the medical college, and action on the complaint of assault and criminal intimidation which the doctors had lodged against the relatives of the patient and on which the police had taken no action.

Dr Amit Chandra said the police had acted against them under pressure of lawyers and without proper investigation.

About two months back, the police had filed the charge-sheet against junior doctors Mohit Bhutani, Amit Chandra, Himanshu Gupta, Sushrut Singh, B Yatish, Anand Shukla and security guards Gopal Singh Bisht, Ramashankar and J P Dikshit, allegedly for beating up the sons and brother of a patient.

Dr Amit Chandra said that about a week ago, the doctors received summons from the court for trial. On Sunday, a newspaper carried a report that the court may issue warrants against the doctors, and the doctors decided to go on strike.

On October 22 last year, Suryamani Dubey (50), a district court employee, was admitted to the university with chest pain. His sons Prateek, a lawyer, Hemant, and Vivek, and brother Amrish had an argument with Dr Bhutani, the doctor on duty.

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