Chennai, June 17: Though emergency services were maintained, functioning of some government and private hospitals in Tamil Nadu were affected following a 24-hour nationwide strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) demanding a stringent law to protect the doctors and safer work environment.
The strike was to express solidarity with the striking doctors in Kolkata where an intern doctor was brutally assaulted resulting in a skull injury.
In Tamil Nadu, doctors in government hospitals in various districts, including Thanjavur and Madurai staged a sit-in agitation.With a view to ensuring normal services, doctors at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital turned up for duty by wearing black bands to register their protest.
The IMA had said that during the strike period, which began at 6 am on Monday, all non-essential services will be stopped and only emergency cases will be taken up.It also said outpatient clinics would also not function.
A report from Madurai said doctors in government hospitals in southern districts wore black badges. The out-patient department did not function and all emergency cases were attended to.
In Chennai, some private hospitals too participated in the strike. Parvathy Hospital announced that OPD, laboratory and elective surgeries services remained suspended today and a notice here has been issued in solidarity with protesting doctors in Kolkata.
Sujay Sambamoorthy, CEO, Parvathy Hospital said all emergency services will function as usual. He said, "How can doctors function if they are fearful of their lives while treating patients? We need a strong nationwide law with stiff jail term to check violence against doctors.” (UNI)