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AIIMS doctors suspend strike

Last updated on: July 08, 2006 00:15 IST

Resident doctors and faculty members of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Friday night suspended the strike called to protest the move to sack their Director P Venugopal and returned to work, hours after Delhi High Court stayed a move to dismiss him.

The decision to suspend the strike was taken at a General Body Meeting of the Resident Doctors' Association, which met after the Delhi High Court stayed the decision to dismiss Venugopal.

"We have suspended our agitation and are resuming duties immediately," RDA President Binod Patro told PTI after the two-and-half-hour meeting.

AIIMS spokesman Shakti Gupta said doctors have returned to the Emergency services and the Out Patients Department would function normally from Saturday.

Patro said the doctors would resume their agitation if Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss takes any punitive action against them as he had indicated at a press conference earlier in the day.

"We will closely monitor the situation over the next two days and will go on agitation if action is taken," he said.       

The strike had begun on July 5 soon after the AIIMS' Institute Body recommended the dismissal of Venugopal on the charge of violating the code of conduct by going public with criticising the Health Minister's alleged interference in the functioning of the Institute.

Patients faced tough time for the past three days as health services at AIIMS were crippled due the doctors' strike. The institute had suspended its emergency services and OPD's of various departments functioned with a skeletal staff, with authorities admitting very few patients for treatment.

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