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Lady Hardinge doctors call off strike; AIIMS doctors threaten to go on mass leave

Four days after staying off duty, resident doctors of Lady Hardinge Medical College and Sucheta Kriplani Hospital resumed work on Monday afternoon. The resident doctors had been protesting since last Thursday against the alleged manhandling of a senior resident doctor by a driver of the hospital on the evening of March 30.

The doctors were demanding suspension of the driver. On Monday, the doctors resumed work after the hospital administration formed an inquiry committee to look into the allegations. “They have assured us that on the basis of the inquiry report action will be taken,” said a resident doctor.

In a similar incident, resident doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday threatened to go on mass leave if the security within hospital premises was not beefed up. A woman resident doctor was allegedly slapped by the relatives of a deceased person on Sunday afternoon.

“We just want the administration to ensure safety of doctors on the campus. It has become difficult for us to work in this kind of environment,” said Dr Debjyoti Karmakar, president, Resident Doctors Association (RDA), AIIMS. “The doctors will definitely take a mass leave if nothing is done for their security.”

The administration has said the action on the matter will be taken within 48 hours. “We will review the security system in the hospital and take necessary actions,” said Dr D K Sharma, medical superintendent, AIIMS. An FIR was lodged against four attendants of the deceased on Monday. [Source: Hindustan Times, Mid Day]

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