Medical services affected in country as doctors protest spreads across India

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Kolkata: A view of the deserted Calcutta Medical College & Hospital during junior doctors' statewide strike (PTI Photo)

Kolkata: A view of the deserted Calcutta Medical College & Hospital during junior doctors’ statewide strike (PTI Photo)

Scores of doctors at some government and private hospitals in Delhi held demonstrations on Friday by marching and raising slogans to express solidarity with their protesting colleagues in Kolkata.

A group of doctors also met Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and apprised him of the demands of the medical fraternity to ensure safety and security of doctors in face of any violence in hospital premises. Vardhan has assured the doctors that he will look into their demands.

Doctors under the banner of the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) held out marches in the AIIMS campus, with many wearing bandages on their foreheads.

The resident doctors associations of the Maulana Azad Medical College and associated hospitals have also joined the protest.

Condemning the violence in West Bengal, the AIIMS RDA had on Thursday urged all the RDAs across the country to join the token strike.

Healthcare services at private and government hospitals in the national capital are likely to be affected on Friday as scores of doctors began the boycott for a day.

Junior doctors in West Bengal are on a strike since Tuesday after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.

In the wake of the strike in West Bengal, the AIIMS has instituted contingency measures to take care of the admitted patients, including those in the ICUs and wards.

As part of contingency measures, OPD services will function in a restricted manner till normalcy is restored, according to a memo put out by the AIIMS medical superintendent on Thursday.

Only follow-up patients with prior appointment will be registered in the OPD, while registration of new patients will be done as per availability of the faculty, it said.

All the local branches and individual members of the IMA will send an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, demanding a central Act on violence against doctors and in hospitals.

(PTI)