Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 8
With resident doctors continuing their strike against a delay in the NEET PG counselling, the authorities of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, have decided to suspend walk-in OPD registration and elective surgeries till further notice.
In view of the strike, the GMCH has decided to continue providing critical services like emergency, ICU and care to Covid patients. It has also been decided that till the strike continues, physical OPDs will be restricted to patients who take online appointment. Telemedicine consultation will also continue. Walk-in OPD registration and elective surgeries will be suspended from December 9 till further notice. — GMCH statement
According to an official statement issued by the GMCH, “In view of the ongoing strike, the GMCH administration has decided to continue providing critical services such as emergency, ICU and care to Covid patients. It has also been decided that till this strike continues, physical OPDs will be restricted to patients who take online appointment by visiting the GMCH website. In addition, telemedicine consultation will also continue. Walk-in OPD registration and elective surgeries will be suspended from December 9 till further notice.”
Junior residents, except those who were posted on emergency duties, are on an indefinite strike from December 6 as part of a nationwide strike by resident doctors to press for early NEET PG counselling. Now, they are also withdrawing from emergency services. In addition, senior residents also gave a notice today to join the strike from tomorrow.
In line with the ongoing protest across the nation for expediting the NEET PG counselling, led by FORDA and FAIMA, the resident doctors’ body of the GMCH withdrew elective services from December 6.
The United Resident Doctors Association of the GMCH stated that resident doctors had their back against the wall with a delay in postgraduate admissions. Only hollow promises had been made so far and withdrawal of services across emergency and elective areas seemed to be the last resort unless a concrete decision or any statement addressing their concerns to hasten the counselling for NEET PG was made by the Director General, Health Services (DGHS). Resident doctors of the GMCH will organise a candlelight march on December 9 as a part of the protest.
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