Varanasi, Dec 8: The indefinite strike by resident doctors of Sir Sunder Lal Hospital of the Banaras Hindu University continued for the third day today, paralysing medical services.
The resident doctors are protesting the alleged misbehaviour by the relatives of a patient with the doctors on duty on November 29.
Earlier, the resident doctors had gone on strike on November 30, but resumed work after getting assurance from the university administration.
The protestors are demanding the arrest of the culprits and adequate security to them.
Resident Doctors Association (RDA) vice-president Dr Avinash said they would continue the strike till any action was taken against the guilty.
Meanwhile, a large number of patients have started leaving the hospital to take shelter in other hospitals.
Sir Sunder Lal hospital has a capacity of 1200 beds, but nearly half of them have been vacated due to the strike.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Abdul Haleem said here today, ''Government hospitals in the city have been asked to get ready to to admit the patients.'' The fact-finding committee, which was set up by the hospital administration into the matter, submitted its report yesterday.
Many social, political and other organisations have condemned the resident doctors strike and have urged them to resume work in the interest of the patients.