OPD shrinks as Red Cross Hospital employees on strike

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Aug 2017 12:08:44


Staff Reporter,

Due to continuous strike by the Red Cross Hospital employees for the last two weeks, the patients in its Out Patient Department (OPD) have been reduced. Every day number of patients in this hospital are reducing as due to strike the services of the hospital have been hampered.

It was seen the senior doctors of Red Cross Hospital thought that demands of the employees are genuine as for the last several years their salary has not been increased. It has resented them. Secondly, there is no proper maintenance of employees’ Provident Fund data record in the hospital. There are around 250 technical and non technical employees who are sitting on dharna, hunger strike to get their demands fulfilled from the Red Cross hospital management.

Reducing number of patients in OPD has concerned higher authorities of the hospital and they are holding meetings regarding pending issues of the employees daily to get some solution. Besides, salary hike and proper maintenance of PF record, they are strongly opposing to give this hospital to Siddhanta Hospital to run it through outsourcing.

Many patients daily get bed experience as no receptionist, no employees to give registration slip, no nurse or other technician is there to attend the patients. However, it is very hard to change decision of running hospital through outsourcing taken by the previous management of the hospital. It is the reason why the present officers who have responsibility to run it have not yet taken any decision.

A senior doctor of the Red Cross Hospital said that due to regular meetings regarding employees’ strike at higher level seem that some solution of employees’ demands might be come out next week. Main problem to change the previous management committee’s decision is that there is now no managing committee or no Chairman due to pending elections for some years.

When contacted, Dr S C Sharma, Superintendent, Red Cross Hospital, admitted of less number of patients in OPD due to employees’ strike. We are helpless but at the higher level the senior officers are holding meetings regularly to discuss demands of the employees as hiking salary, correcting old PF data and cancelling order of running the hospital through outsourcing. I hope that in next the strike of the employees will b withdrawn and hospital will again work smoothly, he said.