Medical services resumed on February 11, 2019, after resident doctors of the Government Medical College (GMC), Amritsar, ended their week-long strike.
The doctors ended the strike after the temporary removal of Medical Superintendent of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital (GNDH) from his duties, installation of CCTVs in the hospital and signing of MoU with different security agencies of security guards.
The GMC is associated with GNDH. The additional charge of medical superintendent of GNDH has been given to Deputy Medical Superintendent on the directions of the health secretary of Punjab. The doctors of GMC had gone on indefinite strike after two female resident doctors at GNDH were molested, allegedly by a security guard, on February 4, 2019.
The doctors were infuriated when the MS of GNDH had told one of the female residents "Sawari Apne Saman Ki Khud Zimmedar Hai" when she complained to him about the molestation.
“All our demands, including the removal of the MS, have been met. Security of the hospital will now be in more efficient hands. Institutional committee, comprising medical superintendent and two resident doctors, has been formed. This committee will look into resident doctors’ problems from time to time,” said Dr Manpreet Singh, Member of the Core Committee of Resident Doctors Association, GMC, United-RDA.
The strike at GNDH was supported by doctors across the country.