In order to express solidarity with the ongoing strikes by the doctors in Kolkata, doctors in Karnataka will cancel their outpatients and non essential services and expected to strike work for a day today.
According to Nagendra Swamy, principal coordinator, Federation of Healthcare Association (FHA), “The outcome of the strike is expected to affect the outpatient and elective services in private hospitals for a day.
Adding to this he also said that this strike will not affect the emergency and in-patient services.
Shivananda S. Patil, Health and Family Welfare Minister, has appealed to doctors in both government and private hospitals across the State to only “symbolically” protest and not resort to striking work as that would affect medical services and cause problems to patients.
I stand with doctors in condemning attacks on them. If the protest is symbolic, then even the general public will stand by you,” he said, in an appeal sent on Sunday.
Joining hands on the same, the Health Department, on a circular has asked doctors in government hospitals to not strike work.
As a gesture of harmony for the protesting doctors in Kolkata, The Indian Medical Association has called for a nationwide strike on Monday.