Medical students call off strike at Safdarjung hospital
New Delhi: Medical students at Safdarjung
hospital today called off their three-day-long hunger strike
after the hospital administration assured to look into their
demands at the earliest.
The stir, by the medical students to protest alleged lack
of basic facilities, affected medical services today after
resident doctors joined the agitation, following which the
hospital administration assured to put in place their demands
as early as possible.
"We have called off the strike but our silent protest
will continue. This is because all our demands have not been
met. Looking into the grievances of the general public, we
will no more block the OPDs too," Raj, a medical student who
participated in the strike, said.
He added, "But, we will wear a black batch as a mark of
our silent protest till all our demands are met."
Dr N K Mohanty, Medical Superintendent, Safdarjung
hospital said, "We had a meeting with the medical students and
the resident doctors association. We have assured them that
their demands will be met. We had given them a solution and to
it they have agreed upon".
He said, "Their demand for electricity, air conditioner,
lift, water supply will be met immediately. But they have to
wait for their demand to shift to the new hostel as it has not
been handed over to the hospital administration yet."
Nearly 300 medical students went on strike and the number
swelled to 1,000 when the resident doctors joined them.