Outpatient services at the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital in Bengaluru was affected on September 24, as over 175 doctors were on strike. On an average, the hospital gets around 2,000 patients, most from the poor and middle classes. Patients who came from near and far returned without treatment.
A doctor on condition of anonymity said "The management claims our salary and facilities are on a par with doctors in government hospitals. But we haven't even got the dearness allowance promised for 2015-16. A specialist like me should get a minimum of Rs 60,000 per month, but that wasn't paid in 2014-15,". Another doctor leading the protest said the hospital hasn't given time-bound promotions to doctors, either working in the hospital or faculty in the medical college.
AdvertisementDr R Nisarga, chairman of the hospital, was unavailable for comment. However, a hospital spokesperson said doctors were not willing to discuss the issues with the management. In August 2015 there was a similar problem when doctors had protested for the first time.