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Striking medicos return to work

OPD services were re-opened in all the five premier medical colleges today.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 11:01 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A day after medicos called off their anti-quota strike, resident doctors in medical colleges and state-run hospitals in Delhi on Thursday returned to work slowly bringing back on rail battered health services in the national capital.

OPD services, which were badly hit during the 20-day long strike, were re-opened in all the five premier medical colleges on Thursday morning, sources in various hospitals said.

Basic services in GB Pant, Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Ram Manohar Lohia hospitals were also resumed.

Junior doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Maulana Azad Medical College, Lady Hardinge Medical College, University College of Medical College and Vardhman Mahavir Medical College had called off their anti-quota strike and resume duties late last night.

The decision came in the wake of Supreme Court's order to call off their agitation, called to protest government proposal for introduction of 27 per cent OBC quota in elite educational institutions.

"We are returning to duty and things will get back to normal within 24 hours," Dr Vinod Patra, Presdient of AIIMS Resident Doctors Association, said.

Though the doctors have returned to work, the turnout of patients is low, Dr Jitender Singhla of MAMC's RDA said.

First Published: Jun 01, 2006 09:16 IST