Around 2,000 doctors at 20 hospitals in the national capital today launched an indefinite strike, demanding adequate life saving drugs, security at workplace and timely payment of their salaries.
The strike by resident doctors at 20 hospitals run by the central and Delhi governments and civic corporations including Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Maulana Azad Medical College affected services at the facilities.
The doctors have been demanding adequate generic and life saving drugs, security at workplace, fixed duty hours and timely payment of their salaries.
"The strike will affect OPD and private ward services but emergency services will not be interrupted," said a senior resident doctor at Lady Hardinge Medical College.
According to the doctors, the government has failed to fulfil their demands regarding which they earlier had written
to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Health Minister.
"As there has been no response from their side, we have been forced to go on strike," said a doctor from Maulana Azad Medical College.
On February 27, resident doctors had gone on a day-long strike over similar issues but it was called off after both the Centre and the state government held a meeting and discussed their issues.