The attack on junior doctors at Nilratan Sircar Medical College in Kolkata, which has snowballed into a major controversy, had its impact on health services in Gujarat on Monday, with medical practitioners going on a strike against the attack.
Non-essential medical services, including out-patient department (OPD) consultations, remained closed, or partially affected, in government and private hospitals, resulting in major harassment for patients and their relatives. However, all emergency services were taken care of by the agitating doctors, who wore black badges as a mark of protest against the attack on junior doctors.
Supporting the strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Ahmedabad Medical Association (AMA) also held protests on Monday and submitted a memorandum to the Ahmedabad police commissioner demanding that a legislation be enacted by the government to ensure safety of medical practitioners. AMA's president Mehul Shelat told DNA that 90 per cent of the private hospitals, clinics, and hospitals remained closed for non-emergency medical services.