Jamshedpur: Health services were hit in the rural areas during the statewide agitation at state-owned medical centers under the banner of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Jharkhand State Health Services Association (JHASA) to protest delay in implementation of Medical Protection Act in the state and fixation of duty hours of doctors.
Services were hampered at OPDS at the state-run 18 primary health centres, nine community health centres, sub divisional hospital at Ghatshila and Sadar Hospital in Khasamahal as the doctors did not attend the OPD. However, OPDs at corporate and private hospitals and MGM Medical College and Hospital (at Sakchi) functioned normal.
“Medical Protection Act is the need of the hour as it is implemented in 18 states of the country. But in Jharkhand we have only been receiving assurance from the state. This has forced IMA state unit to decide for closing down OPDs as otherwise we are not feeling secure in discharging our duties. We will chalk out future course of our agitation depending on the government decision,” noted an official.
The IMA senior functionary also threatened that if government does not relent after the strike then they would tender mass resignation. Incidentally, doctors are demanding fixing of duty hours as they claim that at times they have to work for more than 12 hours at a stretch.