15,000 Delhi govt hospital doctors to go on strike tomorrow
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Thousands of doctors in Delhi’s 36 state-run hospitals have threatened to go on a strike from Wednesday to protest the government’s decision to extend the timings of the out-patient departments by two hours. There will be a complete shutdown of all OPDs in these hospitals during the strike. However, the emergency departments at all hospitals wil be kept running so that medical care can be provided to those in dire need.

The state government in an order issued on 9th October had changed the OPD timings to 8 am to 2 pm instead of the previous timings of 9 am to 1 pm so that doctors get enough time to attend to patients and reduce huge crowds at the hospitals.

The doctors have demanded that the duty hours of other staff like nurses and lab technicians must also be extended and an adequate number of medical staff must be posted at the OPDs for their smooth functioning. Also, a 48-hour work week schedule must be strictly followed and proper breaks scheduled in between the long OPD hours. The association has also threatened that more than 5,000 resident doctors at central government-run hospitals like Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge and ESI Hospitals will also join their strike if the Delhi government does not respond to its demands.

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