Delhi doctors on strike; health services affected
However, emergency services in the Capital hospitals were not affected.india Updated: May 13, 2006 19:20 IST
Health services in hospitals attached to medical colleges in the capital were hit on Saturday as resident doctors and students continued their anti-reservation strike.
Resident doctors in AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital did not report for duty on Saturday, paralysing the functioning of the two premier medical colleges, hospital sources said.
The striking resident doctors and students in AIIMS also raised slogans against Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh.
They said resident doctors in Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital are also on a one-day strike called by the Indian Medical Association on Friday.
However, emergency services in these hospitals were not affected due to the strike as they are being manned by senior doctors, the sources added.
"We want rollback of the proposal to reserve 27 per cent of the seats to OBCs," Vinod Patra, a member of the resident doctors' association said.
Meanwhile, senior doctors said they are also supporting the agitation by medical students and a decision whether to join the strike would be taken on Sunday.
"We are with them. We are watching the situation. Normally we do not go on strike as it causes inconvenience to patients," KK Handa, general secretary of AIIMS faculty association, said here.
Condemning the police action against "peacefully demonstrating" medical students, the IMA had on Friday night asked the doctors' associations of different medical colleges and affiliated hospitals in Delhi to go on a 24-hour strike with immediate effect.
The doctors' body also called for a "total medical bandh" in the national capital next Monday.