Delhi: Govt hospital doctors on strike today, demands salary hike

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The Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA), an umbrella organisation of 15,000 resident doctors across 41 government hospitals in Delhi, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appealing him to revise the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission that they said were “particularly discriminating to doctors.”

Doctors in government hospitals in Delhi are on a strike today, seeking an increment in their salaries and allowances. The organisation also threatened to go on an indefinite strike from June 1 if their demands are not fulfilled.

Earlier Dr Narayan Dabas, Convenor, FORDA said “We will be on strike tomorrow for a day. If our demands are not fulfilled even after that, we will go on indefinite strike from June 1.”

Meanwhile, Additional secretary in the health ministry, Arun Panda, held deliberations with medical superintendents of RML, Lady Hardinge and Safdarjung hospitals on Wednesday and said “our hospitals have put in place contingency plans so that all emergencies, trauma cases are taken care of”.

“Senior doctors will handle the situation tomorrow. We are still trying to make them (FORDA) see reason. RML has cancelled all leave. Senior doctors have been asked to come and attend patients. Hospitals think they can handle the situation. All trauma and emergency will be taken care of. The MS of RML, Lady Hardinge and Safdarjung have also talked with FORDA,” Panda said.

Wefornews Bureau

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