A number of employees’ associations formed a joint forum under the banner ‘Anti- Autonomous Joint-Medical-Action-Group’, to protest against this decision of the government. After staging protest they submitted a memorandum to Patiala MP Preneet Kaur through OSD Rajesh Sharma at Moti Bag Palace.
The protesting medical fraternity kept suspended the services at OPD and operation theatre in the hospital for two hours as part of protest. Besides this, the teaching faculty in the medical and dental colleges also remained suspended for two hours. A large number of patients including the elderly had to wait for a long time as the OPD services were suspended however the emergency services continued during the protest.
The protestors demanded from the government to revoke their decision on this matter and decentralize the administrative powers to the administrative heads of various medical institutes. Besides, they demanded the budget allocation at par with PGIMER Chandigarh to make the colleges financial viable and independent.
General Secretary, Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association (PSMDTA), Dr DS Bhullar, said, “Giving an affordable patient care and medical education to the needy people is responsibility of the state government but the government is trying to escape from its job. The government seems incapable of running medical institutes. Under deep conspiracy, the control of government colleges are being handed over to the private players and this will prove disastrous for the future generation.”