Bhopal Memorial Hospital doctors call hunger strike

June 30, 2004
Due to problems of under staffing at Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Center and problems of low salary faced by the junior
doctors have demanded the administration to call for a trustees
meeting within a week to meet their demands. A 48 hour ultimatum has
been given by Junior doctors to the administration regarding fixing
of the board of trustees meeting. During this time if the date of the
trust meeting is not fixed then junior doctors and others will go on
a indefinite hunger strike.
On June 28th, junior doctors had a meeting with administration on
the hospital campus. Junior Doctor’s president, Doctor Arvind Namdev
said that the number of patients have been on a rise and in
comparison the number of doctors, nursing staff, paramedical
staff is severely understaffed. The patients faces the brunt of the
problem due to lack of doctors and other staff. “Despite the strike,
the administration is not taking our demands seriously, “said Doctor
Namdev. The administration still has not informed the junior doctors
regarding the date of the trust meeting. The issue of under staffing
and regularized pay has been presented at the earlier board of
trustees meeting, but until today trust has failed to take any
decision on any of the matters cornering this issue.
If the administration doesn’t inform the junior doctors regarding the
date of the trust meeting then junior doctors, nursing and
paramedical staff will go on a strike. No staff including the doctors
will work inside the hospital. The regular outpatient clinic will
commence outside the gates of the hospital in which seriously ill
patients will be given treatment.
Main Demands
The problem of staffing should be improved immediately
Pay Scale should be improved
Promotion should be on the basis of seniority
Stats on Out patient clinic
Type Year 2000 Year 2004
Outpatient 27,598 118,741
Inpatient 763 8472
Operation 850 2220
X-ray 3165 20,966
Information on Doctors and Nursing Staff
Type Year 2000 Year 2004
Junior Doctors 63 28
Nursing Staff 193 98

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