Bengaluru: Private doctors on indefinite strike from today

Faith Castro
November 17, 2017

Bengaluru-based Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) on Thursday chose to end its support to an ongoing strike called by the private medical establishments against contentious amendments in a proposed Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (amendment) bill 2017.

"The shut down of operations called by PHANA and other associations in Bengaluru has been called off honouring the court", the association's president said.

Besides, chief minister Siddaramaiah has invited the Indian Medical Association, private medical establishments and all stakeholders to discuss the Bill on Friday November 17 at 2 pm.

Doctors holding a protest during an indefinite strike against Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (Amendment) bill in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Even all outdoor patients department (OPDs) will be closed till Karnataka government does accept our four demands."The private doctors are against the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill , As Reported By Siyasat".

The division bench comprising acting Chief Justice HG Ramesh and Justice PS Dinesh Kumar observed that the doctors should call off their protest as the government has an "open mind on the issue", and asked them to participate in the talks convened by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. We are not fighting just for us but also for patients.

Upping their ante, the doctors affiliated to five medical bodies in the Bengaluru announced the shutdown of out-patient services till the government dropped its move, which they alleged was "detrimental" to medical profession.

"Reports on patients suffering due to the doctors' strike has saddened me".

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The Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2007 was passed with the aim of regulating private sector medical establishments.

There is a sudden rush at the government-run hospitals, including Victoria Hospital, KC General Hospital and Bowring Hospital, the three prominent hospitals of Bengaluru.

She was rushed to government hospital, but died on the way, her family alleged.

The government was ready to talk to agitating doctors and would try to find solution to the issue, Health Minister Ramesh Kumar said.

The BJP accused Kumar of taking it as a "prestige issue", instead of trying to find a solution to the issue amicably, through discussion.

The proposed amendment bill intends to make private doctors accountable and recommends stringent action for their negligence, and fix the rates for each class of treatment.

"The Chief Minister is in favour of diluting the provisions of the bill, while the Health Minister is against it", Ravi said, adding the government could have taken steps to bring doctors from outside the state to ensure patients did not suffer. The government has no intention to harass doctors or the private medical institutions, he said.

Siddaramaiah will also meet members of the doctors' association Friday. We will close our OPD and elective services.

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