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Senior doctors of North Corp hospitals go on indefinite strike over pending salaries

Patients of North Corporation-run hospitals faced hardship as the senior doctors there went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday, a day after they had gone on casual leave en masse over their pending salaries.

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 27-10-2020 15:05 IST | Created: 27-10-2020 14:54 IST
Senior doctors of North Corp hospitals go on indefinite strike over pending salaries
The medical staff protest at Hindu Rao Hospital on Wednesday. (Photo/ANI) Image Credit: ANI

Patients of North Corporation-run hospitals faced hardship as the senior doctors there went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday, a day after they had gone on casual leave en masse over their pending salaries. Maruti Sinha, general secretary of the Municipal Corporation Doctors' Association (MCDA) said, "Our demands, which include the release of pending salaries for the last three months, have not been met, so we are now on an indefinite strike". MCDA, an association of senior permanent doctors of the civic hospitals, was established in 1974 and has about 1200 members. It also includes doctors from hospitals run by the other two municipal corporations. "We have about 700 doctors from the North Corporation hospital who are part of MCDA. We all went on mass casual leave in protest. And, even though our conscience doesn't allow, our doctors did not attend to patients even in emergency wards," Sinha said on Monday. Patients at Hindu Rao Hospital and other North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run hospitals faced inconvenience as doctors struck work to press for their demands. Authorities may have taken the services of contractual doctors, she said. Services were also hit on Monday when the senior doctors went on a mass casual leave and did not even attend to patients in the emergency department. Resident doctors of Hindu Rao Hospital are on a relay hunger strike for the last couple of days, demanding the release of their pending salaries too.


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