Medical colleges to be in crisis as house surgeons announce 24-hr strike


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Thiruvananthapuram: The Medical Colleges in the state are likely face a crisis in the coming days as house surgeons have announced a 24-hour strike from Monday onwards. Meanwhile, the PG doctors' protest by boycotting services has entered its13th day.

The strike held by PG doctors has affected functioning of the casualty wing of the medical colleges across the state. Further, PG doctors will hold a protest in front of the secretariat on Monday demanding the authorities to accept their demands.

Medical colleges are in a disarray for the past four days as several major departments including the OP section have been placed under immense pressure.

Due to the strike held by PG doctors, the house surgeons on duty in OPs and wards are protesting against the increase in working hours and additional workload. The house surgeons are also demanding a four percent increase in stipend paid to them.

Kerala state PG Medical Teachers Association will also hold a statewide strike from 8 am to 11 am on Monday to protest against incidents of assault on house surgeons and abuse faced by an assistant professor in Alappuzha.

However, as the doctors' strike prevail, the medical colleges in the state are failing to cope with the shortage of staff and standstill in the basic functioning of the hospitals. It is hinted that the authorities have asked other hospitals to refrain from referring patients to medical colleges.

Health Minister Veena George had said that the issue were discussed twice and the demands were accepted. However, the protesters reiterated that only some of the demands have been accepted and no decision was taken on others.

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