Doctors strike paralyses Bowring

Medical services at Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital was paralysed on Thursday as junior doctors traded stethoscopes and scalpel for placards and slogans by going on an indefinite strike
Medical services at Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital was paralysed on Thursday as junior doctors traded stethoscopes and scalpel for placards and slogans by going on an indefinite strike. The strike is expected to spread across the State from Friday. The agitation was in protest against a mob attack on a house surgeon, a PG student, a nurse and staff of the hospital, following the death of a 28-year-old pregnant woman, Hemavathi, on Wednesday.Most OPD patients were turned away and many surgeries were cancelled, with only critical emergency cases being attended to, as 250 postgraduate students and interns of Bowring Hospital and their counterparts in Victoria, Vani Villas and Minto Hospitals joined the strike.


The Indian Medical Association, Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association, Nurses Association and various other paramedical associations extended support to the strike. “Mysore Medical College, KIMS Hubli, VIMS Bellary have assured us of their support as well,” Junior Doctors Association (JDA) members said.Bowring Hospital, which sees approximately 1,500 out-patients every day, had people standing in long queues. The OPD, which has 68 doctors in attendance, had just one doctor attend a few cases and by afternoon it had shut shop.The Emergency ward, which on an average has 30 medico-legal cases and 20 physical emergencies, recorded only 22 cases on Thursday. Caught unawaresAnjaneya, a fruit vendor who had undergone an amputation below one knee recently contacted an infection but was told that the doctors were on strike. A frantic Chitramma was seen scurrying around in vain to find a doctor for her son Shanmuka, who had fractured his wrist.All surgical procedures barring the critical ones were cancelled.