Maha: Government hospitals staff launches strike, routine surgeries postponed

17 lakh government employees in Maharashtra have called for a three days strike from Tuesday, August 07. The three-day massive agitation has crippled the patient care in the government hospital. As nurses and ward boys have also joined the strike

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Due to the unavailability of the manpower, Sir J. J. Group of Hospital has postponed routine surgeries for three days. Only emergency patients are being operated by doctors.

Medical students have been asked to provide the necessary help to the patients and their families.

On the first day of the three-day strike called by the government employees, the patient care services in the state have been hit hard. Nurses and the ward boys have also pledged their support to the agitation and are absent from the duty. Owing to which the hospital has been forced to postpone the routine procedures.

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Mukund Tayde, acting Dean of Mumbai’s state-run Sir J J Group of Hospital said, “Around 2600 employees of the hospital have joined the strike. Owing to which we have stopped the routine operations. Only emergency operations are being performed. We have haired 240 nurses from outside and 40 sanitation workers are being appointed. We have asked the MBBS students to help the patients and the relatives. They will serve food to the patient and also help them in their tests and other investigations.”

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Like J.J. Hospital, government employees from St George Hospital are also protesting against the government policies since morning.

Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, Medical Superintendent of St George Hospital said, “650 employees from our hospital have gone on strike for three days. So, we have asked the doctors to help patients in wards. Doctors are helping the patients with all the necessary investigations.”