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Doctors’ strike: Delhi govt invokes ESMA

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on June 23, 2015




The Delhi government on Tuesday invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to force an end to the strike by government doctors that continued to cripple health services in the national capital for the second day today.

“Emergency services have been affected due to the strike and so the government has imposed ESMA. Never before have emergency services been affected due to a strike and I saw it myself during inspections at several hospitals. Patients in the hospitals cannot be left to die,” said Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain.

The Minister said the government “accepted 19 demands” put forth by the striking doctors during parleys between the two sides.

“During the meeting, they made five more demands which, too, were accepted and (we) also circulated the minutes of the meeting,” added Jain.

Talking about the doctors’ demands, he said that a major concern was over security and he had met the Delhi Lt Governor seeking police cover at government hospitals.

“Security was a major concern... so I met the Lt Governor seeking security arrangements at government hospitals. The Lt Governor has ordered Delhi police to provide adequate security at the hospitals,” Jain said.

The health department had yesterday accepted 19 demands of the striking resident doctors and ordered them to resume their work by 11 am today.

However, the doctors continued with the strike demanding concrete measures as they claimed that the “government has in the past given similar assurances but failed to deliver”.

Published on June 23, 2015
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