Chennai: A petition has been filed in the Madras high court to direct the state government to take all such steps to immediately bring the doctors strike to an end in all government hospitals where the poor people affected with dengue are taking treatment.
The petition filed by advocate A.P.Suryaprakasam is likely to come up for hearing in a few days.
In his petition, Suryaprakasam submitted that he had filed a petition seeking appropriate directions to the authorities to protect the health of the citizens who have been living under constant threat of dengue and other communicable diseases and the same is pending disposal in this court.
He said there is a dengue epidemic like condition prevailing in Tamil Nadu and huge number of people all over Tamil Nadu is affected by the uncontrolled and fast spreading dengue fever due to the unhealthy and unhygienic condition prevailing in TN. It is a well known fact that thousands of people are affected and as most of them are very poor and from downtrodden community and as the government also requesting the dengue affected patient to immediately get them admitted even in the case of normal fever and as such 90 percent of the affected poor people getting themselves admitted in the government hospitals in TN, he added.
He said while the ground reality was very serious and most of the affected people cannot afford to go to private hospitals and they all depend only on government hospitals for their treatment and survival. To such poor people who were thronging the government hospitals, the ongoing strike of the government doctors was causing untold misery and undue hardship to them. Whatever may be the justification of the demands by the striking doctors it cannot be a reason for denying proper and speedy treatment at the GH to the dengue and communicable diseases affected poor people.
The common man believes that their fundamental right for quality health was taken hostage by the adamant attitude of both government and doctors side. In any event the health and welfare of the people cannot be neglected by both sides and in fact the striking doctors for their increase in salary from Rs 80,000 to Rs 1.20 lakh cannot take the citizens life as hostage during this critical monsoon period which was prone to communicable diseases. Hence, in the interest of justice, it was necessary that striking doctors and government cannot take a strident and adamant position and some via media solution has to be found out by both sides in the interest of poor people, he added.