Senior doctors on Thursday lambasted the agitating junior medics of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), saying that their act reflected lack of accountability.
The seniors claimed that their juniors were drawing a handsome salary but their action hardly justified it. Despite not speaking against the junior doctors openly, several of them believe that firm action should be taken against the junior doctors for going on strike every now and then.
PMCH junior doctors went on strike on June 24 following a tiff with policemen who had come to PMCH for blood test.
Dr V.P. Choudhary, the head of the department of burns and plastic surgery at PMCH, said: “The strike called by the junior medics cannot be termed fair in any eventuality. I, personally, condemn the strike call because it causes great hardships to the poor patients who have no other option than going to PMCH for treatment. But as they (junior doctors) are our own boys we remain silent.”
Another senior PMCH doctor said: “The rowdy elements among the junior doctors must be punished. Lack of action against them has created a notion that they can get away doing anything because of their union. The juniors have taken advantage of the weak PMCH administration.”
The junior doctors frequently go on strike on some grounds or the other. One of their major demands — the implementation of the Health Professional Protection Act in the state — was fulfilled in 2011 but the strikes continue to plague hospitals.
President, Bihar Medical Registration Council, Dr Narendra Prasad said: “Intolerance and mistakes exist on the part of the junior doctors. The strike cannot be termed right in any eventuality because ultimately the patients suffer.” He admitted that PMCH suffered from lack of administration for a long time.”
The ethics committee member of Bihar Medical Registration Council, Dr Sunil Kumar Singh, had earlier called for cancellation of registration of the doctors going on strike. “Strike is not the democratic way of protest,” said Dr Singh.