Suffering acute pain in ribs, 53-year-old Razia came all the way from Moradabad to Delhi, seeking treatment, but she had to go back in vain due to a day-long strike by doctors at LNJP Hospital, the biggest facility of the city government.
“My treatment has been going on for nearly two months at LNJP Hospital. I have been sitting outside the emergency ward… It has been more than six hours, but there has been no response due to the doctors’ strike,” Razia said.
Shakuntala, who came from Panipat with her husband suffering from a stomach infection, too had a similar tale to share.
“We weren’t allowed to enter the emergency ward by security guards. We’ve been sitting here since 9 am, hoping doctors will start attending by 12 noon, but it is 4 pm and all we see is police and security deployed all around. So we are leaving the hospital,” she said. Protesting against an alleged assault on a postgraduate medical student on duty at the hospital by a patient’s attendant, resident doctors went on strike in the morning and did not work in regular and emergency wards till evening, Medical Superintendent Kishore Singh said.
The doctors ended their strike in the evening after the Delhi government agreed to their demands, including to deploy adequate security measures for them.
They have also demanded augmentation of security guards, deployment of marshals in emergency wards and installation of CCTV cameras in other places.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said any act of violence against doctors is condemnable.