Protest leaves patients in Mysuru in the lurch

Jun 21, 2017

MYSURU: Private medical establishments, including diagnostic centres, in Mysuru on Friday remained shut for out-patients opposing the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill-2017.

Some establishments had put up boards that read ‘No OPD’, while the clinics hung boards with ‘No consultation today’ written on them. Many of them had deployed staff and security guards to inform out-patients and their attendants that doctors will consult them only tomorrow.

However, primary and community health centres (PCHCs) and KR Hospital run by the medical education department functioned as usual. Reproductive and child health officer S Gopinath, who is also in charge DHO (Mysuru), claimed that no extreme situation was reported in the district following protest by private medical practitioners and pathologists in Mysuru. But he admitted that the number of out-patients was high at government-run hospitals and PCHCs.