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Delhi Govt notices to striking resident doctors

Medical services were hit badly as a result of the strike.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 15:23 IST

With medical services in the Capital hit badly as a result of the strike by resident doctors, Delhi government has issued notices to them to rejoin duty or face action.

"The government has issued notices to the junior and senior resident doctors asking them to come back on duty or face break in service," Delhi Health Secretary DS Negi said.

He said services in the Delhi government hospitals were affected by the strike as 70 per cent of the doctors in these hospitals belong to the resident doctor category.

There are 45 hospitals under Delhi government, of which five belong to the alternative streams of medicine such as ayurveda and homeopathy.

The OPD services were functioning at 30 per cent of the normal capacity, Negi said.

The worst hit by the strike are the two teaching hospitals GTB and LNJP, he added.

The Health Secretary said the government had drawn up an action plan to ensure that the ICU, Emergency, Casualty and Trauma services in the hospitals were not affected by the strike.

"We are diverting doctors from other departments to these services to ensure that these continue to function normally," Negi said.

First Published: May 16, 2006 13:58 IST