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RDs of MCD hospitals hold protest march

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 18: Resident and junior doctors of MCD-run hospitals today held a protest march here against the government's proposals to implement to 27 per cent OBC reservation in institutions of higher education.

Lending support to striking resident and junior doctors and medical students, the slogan-raising MCD doctors were demanding immediate roll-back of the government proposal.

The march, held under the aegis of 'Youth for Equality, which is spearheading the anti-quota agitation, began at Red Fort and moved to Raj Ghat.

Raising anti-reservation and anti-Arjun Singh slogans, they demanded that the Government ''drop'' the proposal, which would divided the country on the basis of caste.

''The Government is just not bothered about us....The agitation will go on. The proposal is being floated to create vote-banks by dividing people,'' said Dr Manish Singh, a Resident Doctor with Hindu Rao Hospital.

The Government's response to us so far is very disappointing, he said, adding that and the agitation will continue.

Regretting that the patients had to suffer, he said the government was responsible for the current situation.

''The authorities have no interest about what happens to the common man... Our colleagues are at AIIMS are on a strike and patients are suffering but nobody is listening,'' he added.

Medical services continued to be affected as resident and junior doctors and medical students' indefinite work boycott entered the fifth day today.

Though parallel OPD units were set up, services in Delhi's five premier government hospitals including AIIMS and LNJP, remained affected and patients had to suffer the consequences.

However, emergency and ICU departments functioned in all the hospitals.

The parallel OPD units were set up in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Safdarjang, Guru Tegh Bahadur, the Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Narain and Sucheta Kriplani Hospitals.

Resident and Junior doctors of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Ram Manohar Lohia, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Ihbas hospitals have also joined the fasting students and doctors of 'Youth for Equality'.

Over 100 students began an indefinite hunger strike at AIIMS on May 13 opposing the government proposal.

Almost 60 fasting students have been admitted to AIIMS casualty due as they were developing electrolyte imbalances.


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