Emergency services, surgeries hit by PG medical students’ strike

Thiruvananthapuram: The protest carried out by a section of PG medical students has completed 11 days and their boycott of duty is affecting emergency services and surgeries across the state.

According to representatives of Kerala Medical PG Association, health minister Veena George has taken an apathetic stance in addressing the concerns raised by the protestors showing no interest to discuss the matter. “Doctors are being considered as milking cows. The first meeting was convened by enforcing demands put forward by the minister. Then government threatened that those taking part in the protest will not get attendance and will not be allowed to appear for exam,” they alleged.

The medicos are in protest from December 1 by boycotting duty at OP and wards. The protest has been affecting services including surgeries in medical colleges. In most medical colleges, only OP department was operational.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that in the coming days resident doctors will also join the protest. Even hospital administration admit that hospital services will be critically impaired if protest continues.

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