Govt to issue termination notices to striking docs

Negi said that the Govt had also decided to start recruiting junior and senior resident doctors in view of the strike.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 19:44 IST

Taking a tough stance against striking doctors opposed to reservation, Delhi government on Monday decided to issue termination notices to the medicos in state-run hospitals if they failed to join duties within 24 hours.

Ahigh-level meeting convened by Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri decided to serve notices to the over 700 junior and senior resident doctors.

"We are issuing 24-hour notices to the more than 700 doctors on strike. They have to resume duties within 24 hours or their services will be terminated," Delhi Health Secretary DS Negi said.

Describing the ongoing strike as "totally illegal", Shastri asked medical superintendents of Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital, Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, Gobind Ballabh Pant Hospital and Deen Dayal Hospital to issue notices to all junior and senior doctors on strike, asking them to report for duty within 24 hours.

Negi said that the government had also decided to start recruiting junior and senior resident doctors for its hospitals in view of the strike.

Meanwhile, Negi said that the 30 doctors from the armed forces, who had been providing assistance in strike-affected hospitals, have returned. "We are again requisitioning the Defence Ministry to give us some doctors," he said.

First Published: May 22, 2006 19:44 IST