On Saturday the protest by the doctors of AIIMS and Safdarjung continued with the protest for the consecutive third day. The protesters were against the National Medical Commission Bill, released by the Union health ministry. A warning has been signed by the Union health ministry, that the protest may lead to suspension or permanent termination from the service. Actions will be taken if they do not return to work immediately.
With the health ministry, the authorities of both the hospitals have also issued strength memorandums under the name of resident doctors, saying to report back immediately and resume work. As per the numbers are given by health officials, over 1000 routine surgeries have either been postponed or canceled all together across the city's public hospitals.
The patients are suffering, as no new patients are being admitted. The already admitted patients are getting medical assessments, but no new patients. The doctors are only treating emergency cases only.
"All members of Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) and student union are hereby directed to resume their duties in their respective departments with immediate effects, failing which strict disciplinary action like suspension/termination of services, vacation of hostel accommodation, etc may be taken,"memorandum by the AIIMS authorities said.
A similar memorandum was released by Dr. Sunil Gupta, medical director at Safdarjung Hospital. The patients are suffering vehemently due to this protest.
"What is our fault in all this? I travelled with my 70-year-old father from Dilshad Garden to AIIMS at 7 am on Friday because we had an appointment. But when we reached, the doctors simply told us to come on August 14,"Sanjay Paswan, another troubled common man said.
On Saturday, resident doctors decided to take up the emergency cases, because of which the situation was helped a little. But, they still denied the OPD and routine surgeries. Safdarjung was facing the same crisis. The protesters have been claiming that the NMC bill is "anti-poor, anti-student, and undemocratic."RDA president Safdarjung said that the protest will continue. A member from the AIIMS resident doctors said that they would appeal to the President of India, to look into the matter and come up with necessary amendments for the interest of both the doctors and patients.