The junior doctors from Gandhi General Hospital in Hyderabad were on a strike from two days. On Thursday, members of Telangana Junior Doctors Association (T-JUDA) called off the protest but gave the state government 15-days of time to implement assurance.
The protest which started on Tuesday as a result of a junior doctor allegedly getting assaulted by attendants of deceased a COVID-19 patient. The assault took place at the Acute Medical Care Unit (AMCU) assigned for COVID-19 patients. However, the two attendants were arrested the next day and remanded to judicial custody.
The crux of the protest was overloading COVID of cases in Gandhi Hospital, therefore, the doctors demanded more COVID-19-special units across the state.
According to T-JUDA, doctors called off the protest as authorities promised to decentralise COVID treatment. Also, considering the ongoing pandemic situation and prioritising public health, junior doctors resumed their duties on Friday morning.
According to members of JUDA, the health minister Eatala Rajender agreed to the following demands: recruitment of new doctors, nurses, sanitation workers and patient care providers.
T-JUDA said, “Gandhi is a super-speciality hospital, capable of handling (for free) a variety of acute and chronic diseases (medical/surgical), poor patients can be best benefited by resuming non-COVID services here. This will be done after consulting the cabinet."
JUDA members added the quality of PPE kits for doctors will be inspected by them before the government places a purchase order, and a special committee will be formed to follow up with Health Minister over video calls for the next 15 days.