15k resident docs warn of strike from Nov 1
New Delhi: Resident doctors in the city have threatened to shut down Out patients department (OPD) services on November 1 if the Delhi government fails to take back its decision to extend OPD timings at its hospitals.
In its October 9 order, the Delhi government had extended OPD timings saying that facilities would remain functional from 8 am to 2 pm so that there is enough time to attend to patients and avoid crowding. The timing earlier was 9 am to 1 pm.
Over 15,000 resident doctors in city government hospitals wore black ribbons to work on Wednesday to protest against the extended OPD timings. The Federation of Resident Doctors' Association expressed concern over the "apathetic attitude" of the Delhi government towards their demands. "We are currently protesting peacefully against this by wearing black ribbon in all the hospitals of Delhi till October 31. As unanimously decided, on November 1, residents of all Delhi government hospitals are going on strike and all the OPDS will remain closed that day," Vivek Chouksey, FORDA president, said.
"If the government still does not respond after that, the residents working in Delhi will be forced to take some serious steps and that will be extremely unfortunate," he said.