15,000 docs to go on strike on Nov 1

DNA (Delhi) - - DELHI - Cheena Kapoor cheena.kapoor@dnain­dia.net

Med­i­cal ser­vices in Delhi are all set to be hit on Novem­ber 1, as more than 15,000 res­i­dent doc­tors from state gov­ern­ment hospi­tals have called a strike fol­low­ing the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to ful­fil their de­mands. The res­i­dent doc­tors are protest­ing against the AAP-led gov­ern­ment’s move to ex­tend the tim­ings for the Out-Pa­tient Depart­ment (OPD).

The Fed­er­a­tion of Res­i­dent Doc­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion (FORDA), an um­brella body of res­i­dent doc­tors, had writ­ten to the Delhi gov­ern­ment re­quest­ing to re­con­sider its de­ci­sion on the ex­ten­sion of the OPD tim­ings.

“There has been no re­sponse from the Delhi gov­ern­ment on our re­quest. We are cur­rently protest­ing peace­fully against the in­creased work­ing hours by wear­ing black rib­bons on our arms and will do it un­til Tues­day. All res­i­dent doc­tors will be on strike on Wed­nes­day by shut­ting down the OPDs,” said Dr Vivek Chouk­sey, pres­i­dent, FORDA.

In its or­der dated Oc­to­ber 9, the Delhi gov­ern­ment had ex­tended OPD tim­ings say­ing they will re­main func­tional from 8 am to 2 pm so that there is enough time to at­tend to pa­tients which will ul­ti­mately re­duce huge crowds at hospi­tals. The or­der had added that reg­is­tra­tion coun­ters shall open at 7:30 am and close at 1 pm. The or­der had also said that a “to­ken sys­tem” would be im­ple­mented, when­ever re­quired.

“This is to en­sure that there is suf­fi­cient time for the pa­tients to be at­tended to. To­wards achiev­ing the above, the reg­is­tra­tion coun­ters shall open at 7:30 am and close at 1 pm,” Delhi Health Min­is­ter Satyen­dar Jain had said while is­su­ing the or­ders.

Pic­ture for rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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