In Telangana, healthcare services at the government-run hospitals were affected as the junior doctors boycotted all the emergency services on Friday for protesting against the National Medical Commission (NCM) Bill of 2019.
On a call that was given by the Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA), about 3,500 junior doctors at the government-run teaching hospitals decided to intensify their protest by boycotting their emergency duties.
The services for outpatient and emergency came to a halt at the Osmania Hospital and Gandhi Hospital at Hyderabad that are the two biggest healthcare facilities run by the government.
The services had come to a standstill at the Niluofer Hospital which is the biggest government-run children’s. A situation similar to this was observed at the MGM Hospital in Warangal.
The Poor patients that were coming from different parts of the state had to suffer as the junior doctors stayed away from their jobs. The regular staff was insufficient for catering to a great number of patients. Many had to wait for hours and even then when they found no other option left, headed to private hospitals for the emergency treatment.
Some of the junior doctors decided to continue their indefinite hunger strike at the Hospital of Gandhi, demanding that the NMC Bill be withdraw.
Officials say that they were making use of the services of the faculty for dealing with the situation.
Junior doctors were boycotting elective or the non-emergency services for the last two days. TJUDA said that it intensified their protest as a part of the constant nationwide strike which was called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
The protesting doctors have been calling the NMC Bill as anti-poor and also anti-student. The Bill was passed on Thursday by the Rajya Sabha.
Junior doctors have said the Bill would promote quackery as it allowed the non-MBBS graduates to get the title of licensed practitioners. They believed that the Bill would also affect the medical education’s quality and hence work against the poor people’s interest.