While medical services in all private hospitals in the district were totally paralysed, the Government Hospitals and the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital came to the rescue of the patients as the doctors struck work on Monday condemning the attack on the doctor in Kolkata and demanding stringent legislation for protecting the doctors, hospitals and the caregivers.
All 2,000-odd hospitals in the district including 250 hospitals and the clinics in Tirunelveli City participated in the strike on Monday, as announced by the Indian Medical Association. Though they did not attend the patients came to the hospital for minor and manageable ailments, the doctors attended the emergency cases and performed emergency surgeries.
Though they expressed ‘moral support’ to the protesting government doctors, members of Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association (TNGDA) were present in the out-patients sections of government hospitals and the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospitals, which were overflowing with the patients on Monday.
In Kanniyakumari district also, all private hospitals participated in the nationwide strike while the government hospitals and the Government Medical College Hospital at Aasaaripallam functioned as usual.
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