Chaotic scenes were witnessed in government hospitals across Delhi Thursday after resident doctors went on a 24-hour strike to protest the “discriminatory” recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. Out-patient departments in most hospitals operated with skeletal staff and authorities struggled to keep emergency wards functional.
Angry protests were seen at Lok Nayak Hospital where one of the patients, 70-year-old Sapra Begum, died Thursday afternoon. Her family members blocked the road outside the emergency, claiming she did not receive medical attention in time.
A medical officer from the hospital said, “She was critical on arrival. Doctors had attended to her.”
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The staff at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital were also subjected to outbursts from patients and their family members, who had to wait for hours. In Dr Hedgewar Aarogya Sansthan, Karkardooma, the mother of an ailing patient was seen crying as there was no doctor to attend to her son.
The strike was organised by the Federation of Resident Doctors Association, which has threatened to go on an indefinite strike from June 1 if its demands are not met.