Quota row: Delhi Govt cancels doctors' leave
With medicos in the Capital going on strike, Delhi Government has cancelled the leave of doctors in its hospitals.india Updated: May 15, 2006 15:08 IST
With medicos in the Capital going on strike as part of their anti-quota agitation, Delhi Government has cancelled the leave of doctors in its hospitals and drawn up an action plan to ensure that the intensive care, emergency, casualty and trauma services remain unaffected.
"In view of the strike, we have decided to cancel the leave of doctors and it has also been decided that no leave will be granted to doctors in hospitals under Delhi government for the time being," Health Secretary DS Negi told reporters in New Delhi on Monday.
Negi said as a result of the strike by resident doctors and senior resident doctors, OPD services as well as patient admissions had been largely affected in the two teaching hospitals GTB and LNJP.
"There are around 45 hospitals under Delhi government, of which 14 are big hospitals. However, the effect of the strike is being felt the most in GTB and LJNP," Negi said.
He said the government together with the Medical Superintendents and Deans had drawn up an action plan to tackle the situation.
"Doctors from other departments are being diverted to ICU, emergency, casualty and trauma services," Negi said.
The Health Secretary said as per the action plan, patients will be diverted from these hospitals affected by the strike to other nearby hospitals.
"The patients are being sent to hospitals run by the MCD as also private hospitals, which are anyway supposed to keep 25 per cent of their beds for poor patients," Negi said.
Paramedics have also been pressed into service to assist the doctors in maintaining normal services, he said.