Leading private hospitals in the Capital witnessed a 20 to 30 per cent increase in OPD and emergency patients on Thursday, apparently due to the doctors 'strike' in government hospitals.
The medical staff at most private hospitals also expressed their solidarity for the agitation, with Sir Ganga Ram hospital deciding to partially suspend its operations on Friday in support of doctors' demand for safety at workplace.
"Our hospital expresses solidarity with concerns of IMA and DMA regarding safety of doctors. General and private OPDs of our hospital will not function on Friday. However, the in-patient as well as emergency services will function normally," Dr D S Rana, chairman of the management board at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, told Mail Today.
Fortis Hospitals and Apollo Hospitals too extended their support to the movement. However, there was ambiguity over whether their doctors will take part in the strike. Several doctors at these private hospitals, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that there were internal calls to join the protest but the opinion was divided on the issue.
DOCTORS STAND FOR SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
To clear their stand and scotch such rumours, Fortis Hospital management in an official communiqué said, "Our doctors continuously strive to save and enrich lives. We strongly condemn the act of violence against doctors any other hospital staff. Safe and secure work environment is the basic requirement for caregivers to provide best possible medical care to patients. We at Fortis Healthcare are firmly committed to our patients, and our medical services remain unhampered,"
On Thursday, nearly 40,000 city doctors including ones from Delhi and central-government hospitals were on a mass causal leave throwing OPD services out of gear from 9am to 4pm. More than 2,000 planned surgeries were postponed due to the agitation. The protest was sparked by an incident last week when relatives of a deceased patient beat up a resident doctor at Mumbai's Sion Hospital. Nearly 4,000 resident doctors across Maharashtra have gone on mass leave in protest of the incident.
"The incident at Maharashtra is so grim that instead of providing security to resident doctors at their workplace, the state government is threatening them. Our fellow doctors were beaten up and the government is reluctant. All we want is just a safe environment at workplace," Dr Vijay Gurjar, president of Resident Doctors' Association of AIIMS told Mail Today.