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Delhi’s 14000 Docs In Solidarity Protest For Their West Bengal Colleagues

Doctors In West Bengal

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Delhi’s 14000 doctors went on strike this Friday in continuation of the protest against the violence inflicted upon doctors in West Bengal. Agitating doctors declared complete shut down of medical services in OPD at various hospitals in the national Capital.

Dr Girish Tyagi, President, Delhi Medical Association (DMA) told TheHealth, “18000 doctors are registered with us from Delhi. Out of them almost 14000 doctors joined us in the protest today. All the major hospitals even private healthcare institutes shut down their OPD services completely. 400-500 doctors marched peacefully from DMA to Rajghat”.

Striking doctors who participated in the protest are from private and government hospitals in Delhi. They are members of Delhi Medical Council, Dr Tyagi added.

Doctors from Delhi also met Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and explained the situation to him.

In a letter to Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamta Banerjee, Dr Harsh Vardhan said: “It is a matter of concern that the agitation by doctors in West Bengal is not heading towards resolution, but seems to be getting aggravated. Better communication with doctors and compassionate approach to take care of the genuine problems being faced by them in day to day function would definitely be helpful in tiding over the crisis which has been created”.

AIIMS’s RDA Speaks:

“It was a mob who approached NRS Medical College and Hospital. Violence against healthcare workers is growing rapidly. Are we supposed to learn martial arts or self-defence instead of learning medical practices to save the patients?”, said Dr. Amrinder Singh, President, RDA, AIIMS.

Private Hospitals Joined The Stir:

Private OPD was closed today at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital(SGRH) also. SGRH released the statement, “All doctors of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital are fully in support of our colleagues in West Bengal and Strongly protest against growing tendency of violence on doctors,” said SGRH spokesperson.

Experts Speak On The Critical Condition Of Healthcare Sector:

“We need to understand that medical professionals and establishments are doing their job and trying to save lives. The government must ensure safety security of doctors and paramedic workers at all times. NATHEALTH will be willing to work with government and all stakeholders to create a safe health care environment where the sanctity of patient-doctor relationship prospers,” said Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, President, NATHEALTH.

Healthcare institutes across the country released their statement and joined the protest. Here is the list of the institutes:

Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Hindu Rao Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, Lok Nayak Jayaprakash (LNJP) Hospital, Dr BR Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital, DDU Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.

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