Over 15,000 resident doctors on Monday began indefinite strike in the national capital, demanding basic amenities, securities, timely payment of salary, etc.
“Generic medicines are not available in our hospital and when we ask patients to buy these medicine they feel cheated and inconvenienced. We face unruly behaviour of the patients’ relative. They abuse us, and manhandle us at times," Ravinder, a resident doctor working at the Lady Hardinge Medical College told thestatesman.com.
"This happens because staff are inadequate, no proper security is provided to us and essential medicines are short in supply,” he added.
"No Out-Patient Departments (OPD) today" posters were pasted across Delhi government hospitals in the city. All OPD services in the state hospitals are likely to hit today. However, emergency services will remain uninterrupted, according to reports.
“There are approximately 50 patients in the OPD with only one doctor working. Sometimes this worsens the condition of patients. Also, there are no proper arrangement for drinking water, washroom, sitting space, cooler, and air-conditioner for patients and for doctors,” Ravinder said.
Doctors from Central Delhi and Municipal Corporation Delhi (MCD) hospitals joined the strike.
Hospitals that are likely to be affected include Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Maulana Azad Medical College, GTB, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, ESI, Hindu Rao and Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.
The Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) umbrella alleged that resident doctors in government hospitals are over-worked and highly underpaid. Earlier they had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Jagat Praksah Nadda, requesting them to urgently look into the matter, but they did not reply.
On February 27, resident doctors had gone on a day-long strike, protesting against the alleged ‘step-motherly treatment’ to them . The ministers at both the Centre and state had then promptly called the doctors for a meeting, following which the strike was called off. But, the doctors are now on strike again as their demands are yet to be met.