‘We went for a havan to appease the gods and asked for more support and determination on our part to fight against a socio-political evil,’ said a resident doctor.
Sunil Kumar Pati, a research scholar at AIIMS, said that keeping the magnitude of the issue in mind, students, interns, resident doctors and research scholars are now resolved to fight against the move in unison.
Expressing solidarity with the resident doctors, representatives of the AIIMS faculty association Friday began a one-day fast without abstaining from work.
A senior administrator of AIIMS, however, said some protesting resident doctors had joined work.
‘Looking at the threat of termination notice, some have joined work,’ the administrator said adding that scores of termination notices will be dispatched to resident doctors ‘anytime today’.
Even though some army and railway doctors have started helping at government hospitals, patients have been suffering.
‘I came to the hospital this morning but no one was there in the OPD to examine my son who had broken his hand late last night,’ said Saroja Devi from the neighbouring city of Ghaziabad.
‘After waiting for around five hours, doctors plastered his hand. He was crying all that time and it was too painful for me to watch him,’ she told IANS standing near the emergency ward of Safdarjung Hospital.
Suresh Singh Badal said he came to AIIMS to get his wife examined by an eye specialist but the guards turned him away.
‘Though I took her to the resident doctors running parallel OPDs, we are not fully satisfied with the treatment,’ he said.
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