All services, including the OPD, emergency and in-patient services, remained paralysed at the Lok Nayak Hospital (LNJP) on Thursday, leading to massive chaos and confusion. Though the strike was called off late in the evening, almost 2,000 angry patients returned home untreated.
Only senior consultants and Chief Medical Officers were on duty through the day.
Resident doctors at Lok Nayak hospital called off the strike after Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta assured them hospital security would be strengthened at the earliest. “Resident doctors are back on duty and everything is functioning normally. The chief secretary assured that he would, among other things, expedite the process of bringing in new security,” said Dr Anjan Prakash, additional medical superintendent and spokesperson at LNJP.
“Apart from demanding better security, we have also discussed problems of safe drinking water and poor sanitation with medical superintendent. Hopefully, things will improve after the chief secretary has shown interest,” said Abhishek Bansal, president, Maulana Azad Medicos Association.
“The Chief secretary has assured us that oxygen supply tenders would be finalised within a week and an advertisement would be placed for the recruitment of the Group D staff within two weeks,” he adds.
The resident doctors had gone on strike after family members of a patient who died on Tuesday beat up a junior resident and two nurses on Wednesday evening.