EMERGENCY services have resumed at several Government hospitals in Delhi in some relief to patients, even as resident doctors continued their strike for the third consecutive day on Saturday against the National Medical Commission Bill. The doctors have been boycotting work and demonstrating over certain provisions of the Bill since Thursday. Heavy police presence were seen around the AIIMS campus in Delhi and Safdarjung Hospital, located across the road, after protestors got agitated following a warning issued by the Medical Superintendent of the Safdarjung Hospital.
“I have been asked by the Ministry to inform you that if the striking doctors do not resume their duties immediately, strict punitive action like suspension/termination of services, vacation of hostel accommodation will be initiated immediately against all striking doctors,” said Medical Superintendent Sunil Gupta in a letter addressed to the hospital’s Resident Doctor’s Association president. Safdarjung Hospital’s emergency services are still affected, a hospital staff said.
A senior police official said, the ‘situation is under control as of now’ and police is trying to maintain peace and control the traffic situation in the area. Doctors of several associations have been expressing reservations over certain provisions of the Bill and allege that these are ‘anti-poor, anti-student and undemocratic’.
Those striking also include members of resident doctors’ association of RML Hospital and those attached with the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) and United Resident Doctors’ Association (URDA). However, around midnight, most of the RDAs announced that they have resumed emergency services. From Saturday, a few Delhi Government-run hospitals also resumed all the services, officials said.