Senior doctors in three medical colleges in Delhi went on mass casual leave Monday, joining resident doctors in their anti-quota protests but compounding// the sufferings of patients.
The majority of senior doctors in Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) and Safdarjung Hospital went on daylong leave to express their resentment against the government decision to implement 27 percent reservation for other backward classes in higher education institutions.
"We are reiterating our demand before the government to review the implication of reservations in the last 60 years through a non-political commission but they are not ready to accept. We are not against any caste but just for political purposes, a section of society should not be neglected," said N.P. Singh, general secretary of the MAMC faculty association.
"Give reservation to the underprivileged but it should be restricted to only one generation. I have seen third generation people getting undue benefit from the reservation system," Singh told IANS.
He said the faculties of five medical colleges in Delhi were planning to write to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on the matter.
The resident doctors, students and interns of five medical colleges in the capital have been on strike since May 12 to protest the government proposal. Last week, both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Kalam appealed to protestors all over the country to call off their strike, but to no avail.
On day 18 of the indefinite strike Monday, patients continued to suffer as OPD services were almost paralysed in the three hospitals where senior doctors went on leave.
"My wife is suffering from kidney complications but when I brought her to Safdarjung Hospital, attendants in the OPD told me to come tomorrow as doctors were on strike," said Shankar Gupta, a resident.
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