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AIIMS services back on track

Venugopal resumed duty and so did other docs after the stir was called off.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 13:34 IST

Normalcy returned to AIIMS on Saturday with medical services functioning smoothly and the institute's director P Venugopal resuming his duty, a day after the Delhi High Court stayed his proposed sacking.

Health services normalised in AIIMS after doctors, who were on strike protesting the proposed removal of Venugopal, suspended their agitation on Friday evening following the court order.

"The OPD and emergency services are working normally, with the striking doctors back on the job since Friday night," institute's spokesman Shakti Gupta said.

Venugopal, who came to his office around noon, did not speak to waiting reporters, with his aides saying that he had been advised not to interact with the media as the matter was sub-judice.

AIIMS services had been disrupted since July 5 after doctors went on a flash strike protesting the recommendation of the director's sacking by the apex decision-making body of the hospital, headed by Health Minister A Ramadoss.

As doctors resumed duty, hundreds of patients were seen in front of the Out Patient Department (OPD) and the emergency ward of AIIMS.

"We are happy about the court's order and will work extra to compensate the damage done in the last three days. We can understand the pain of the patients and will continue to serve them," said Anil Sharma, a senior resident doctor at AIIMS.

He added: "We resumed our duty on Friday night and some of our resident doctors were taking their usual rounds. But there is a sense of fear among the residents as Health Minister Anmbumani Ramadoss talked about punitive action against striking doctors. Considering the true spirit of his post and the observation of the court, the government should not take any action against any doctor."