The out patient department (OPD) of New Delhi’s Sucheta Kriplani Hospital was severely affected on Thursday, as more than 300 resident doctors went on an indefinite strike.
The resident doctors of hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College went on strike allegedly in protest of a hospital employee assaulting one of their colleagues.
The beating up reportedly occurred after a driver with the hospital and a resident doctor quarrelled over the treatment of a patient on Wednesday.
Most of the resident doctors stopped work for a few hours immediately after the incident, and threatened to go on strike if strict action was not taken against the accused employee.
When the hospital authorities did not take concrete action even 24 hours after the incident, the doctors gathered outside the office of hospital’s medical superintendent, demanding adequate security for the medical staff, and strict action against the accused driver.
Many people, who had OPD appointments for Thursday, had to return disappointed as they did not find the doctor concerned. However, the hospital’s emergency department functioned as usual without any major disturbance, with senior doctors in the hospital filling in for the absent staff.
“It wasn’t an impromptu decision. We gave them enough time to heed to our demand,” said a resident doctor on condition of anonymity.