Doctors call of stir, resume services in Mysuru region

Doctors call of stir, resume services in Mysuru region

Patients heaved a sigh of relief as the doctors resumed services in Mysuru region on Friday evening after calling off their five-day protest against the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (KPME) Bill, 2017.

During the day, doctors continued their protest at JK Grounds in Mysuru and a majority of the private hospitals remained closed for the fifth day. As the association called off the protest, a few hospitals resumed services in the evening. The KR Hospital witnessed a large crowd on Friday also.

In Hassan, all the 80 private nursing homes and 300 clinics remained closed. The patients were dependent on government-run hospitals across the district. The health department had arranged mobile clinics to attend to the patients. As many as 140 government doctors and 275 nurses were on duty.

The outpatient departments in most of the private hospitals remained closed in Mandya and Chamarajanagar. However, a few clinics were seen treating the patients. Dr S C Shankaregowda, popularly known as Rs 5 doctor of Mandya, offered services to the patients.

A large number of people who gathered near Visveswaraya Statue in Mandya staged a protest against the private doctors. The agitators blocked Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway to express their anguish.

DH News Service

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