The IMA’s call for strike to protest the National Council of Human Resource and Health Bill 2011 and the Clinical Establishment Act met with a lukewarm response in Pune with most hospitals in the city running as usual.
The new laws will see all medical bodies under the NCHRH umbrella and will be headed up by bureaucrats rather than doctors. It was regular business at most hospitals and other than the fact that doctors were wearing black bands there was no evidence of a strike.
At Ruby Hall Clinic (RHC), medical superintendent Dr Sujata Mallik said a few consultants stayed away from work, but their patients were attended to by other doctors. “As far as possible, no patient was turned away,” she said.
A patient we talked to said that though there were some doctors missing most services were available. Medical superintendent Dr Manisha Bobade at Jehangir Hospital said no services were affected. However, a few patients complained that the consultants they wanted to see weren’t available due to the strike.
Read more about the IMA doctors’ strike here