Ranchi, April 8: The registration of patients at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Ranchi, dropped from the figure of 50 per day to 18 today, as more than 500 grade III and IV employees stayed away from work.
The protest against non-payment of arrears since January 2007 that accrued after the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission report entered its third consecutive day today.
None of the technicians deputed to take X-Ray photographs, provide blood from blood banks and carry out investigation reported for duty.
"My patient is suffering from some stomach problem and is admitted at the Dr N.K. Jha unit. The doctor has asked us to make arrangement of blood for her operation. But we could not arrange it as the blood bank of RIMS is closed. I am running from pillar to post with a donor, but there is no one to collect his blood. Please help me," Chinmaya Chandra, a resident of Jhalda, was heard requesting RIMS deputy superintendent A.K. Singh. Singh expressed his inability to do much in the absence of nurses and technicians.
Similar was the condition of Mahendra Prasad Yadav, who came from Giridih. "Doctors have advised a test to my patient, who has sustained an injury on his stomach, but there is no one to carry out the test," Yadav said.
A RIMS doctor said the agitation had badly affected outdoor services at the hospital. "We examine more than 500 patients every day at outdoor, but no one turned up today, as there was no employee to give slips to the patients. Hundreds of patients returned without getting any medical advice," the doctor added.
RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad said: "Arrears of all the employees have reached the bank. But it could not be disbursed because the model code of conduct for elections is in place."
President of Trained Nurses' Association Kishori Rani, however, said: "Why should we be deprived of our arrears when all state employees have got their dues," she said. Source:www.telegraphindia.com