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Doctors of 14 Delhi hospitals withdraw strike

According to the Govt's action plan, medical superintendents have been able to operate emergency services.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 23:33 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

With the Delhi Government terming the strike by medicos as "totally illegal" and threatening action against them, doctors of 14 hospitals in New Delhi on Tuesday withdrew their strike even as services continued to be affected in other hospitals.

Resident doctors of 14 of the 45 hospitals that are under the Directorate of Health Services of the Delhi Government have withdrawn their strike called as part of the anti-reservation stir, an official spokesman said.

However, doctors of other hospitals, including the three major ones under Delhi Government -- Lok Nayak, Guru Tegh Bahadur and Deendayal Upadhyaya -- are still on strike, he said.

The Delhi Government on Tuesday reviewed the situation arising due to the strike. Adopting a stern stance towards it, it said resident doctors should report for duty failing which the strike period would be treated as a break in service and this may also result in termination of their services in accordance with the terms of their contract.

The government, following the line adopted by the Centre, has already issued directions to all medical superintendents of Delhi's government hospitals to issue notices to medical students, interns and resident doctors to ask them to report for duty, as the strike was "totally illegal" and against the orders of the Supreme Court and High Courts.

According to the government's action plan, the medical superintendents have been able to operate emergency services normally, the spokesman said. The OPDs are functioning, although at a reduced level, he added.

First Published: May 16, 2006 22:57 IST