A day after Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) officials sealed Khandka Hospital here over commercial activity in a residential area, around 450 private hospitals in the city went on an indefinite strike terming the action as "repressive". The hospitals stopped functioning at around 4.30 pm on Saturday for an indefinite period and pasted notices mentioning, "This hospital is on indefinite strike. No consultation and admission of patients will be done."
"Khandaka hospital is not the o nly hospital in the city which is situated in residential area. More than 90% of private hospitals are situated in residential areas. Today, they have sealed Khandaka hospital, tomorrow they will seal other such hospitals for commercial activities in residential areas," Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Society secretary Dr Vijay Kapoor said.
While it is for the first time that the private hospitals have gone on strike, medical services in the state have been frequently hit because of stikes called by resident doctors.
In June, over 4,000 resident do ctors went on an 11-day strike in protest against the decision to send their answer scripts for evaluation to other states. Health department officials had held a meeting that time with private hospitals seeking their support to maintain health care services.
The indefinite strike will create additional burden on government hospitals including Sawai Man Singh Hospital, Jaipuria Hospital, Kanwatia Hospital, Bani Park Satellite Hospital, Sethi Colony Satellite Hospital. Resident doctors in the state have gone on strike almost every year raising security issues following scuffles with relatives of patients.