Heavy police deployment outside AIIMS, Safdarjung hospitals in Delhi on third day of doctors' protest against NMC bill

Additional police forces were deployed outside AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi as doctors protesting against the NMC bill took to the streets

Press Trust of India August 03, 2019 19:36:20 IST
Heavy police deployment outside AIIMS, Safdarjung hospitals in Delhi on third day of doctors' protest against NMC bill
  • Additional police forces were deployed outside AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi as doctors protesting against the NMC bill took to the streets

  • The protestors got agitated after a letter issued by the medical superintendent of the Safdarjung Hospital warned of punitive action if protests continue

  • Doctors of several associations have been expressing reservations over certain provisions of the National Medical Council Bill

New Delhi: Additional police forces were deployed outside AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital, located across the road in south Delhi, as resident doctors protesting against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill came out on the streets agitated after authorities threatened punitive action against them on Saturday.

Heavy police deployment outside AIIMS Safdarjung hospitals in Delhi on third day of doctors protest against NMC bill

Police personnel scuffle with medical students as they protest against National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill outside Safdarjung Hospital, in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

Striking doctors from Safdarjung Hospital marched towards the arterial Ring Road after the medical superintendent warned of strict action against them if they failed to resume work. They later returned to the campus and sat on a dharna at the gate number 2 of the hospital. The striking doctors of AIIMS protested outside its gate number 1.

The resident doctors continued their strike for the third consecutive day on Saturday against the Bill which, they said, was "anti-poor, anti-student and undemocratic". Emergency services, however, have resumed at several government hospitals in Delhi.

Extra police forces were called in to ensure the situation remained under control. The protest also led to traffic congestion in the area, causing inconvenience to the commuters.

Safdarjung Hospital's emergency services are still affected, a hospital staff said.

The protestors got agitated following a warning issued by the medical superintendent of the Safdarjung Hospital.

"I have been asked by the ministry to inform you that if the striking doctors do not resume their duties immediately, strict punitive action like suspension/termination of services, vacation of hostel accommodation will be initiated immediately against all striking doctors," said Medical Superintendent Sunil Gupta in a letter addressed to the hospital's resident doctor's association president.

Those striking also include members of resident doctors' association of the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and those attached with the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) and United Resident Doctors' Association.

Doctors of several associations have been expressing reservations over certain provisions of the bill.

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