Delhi: Resident doctors association opposes 12-hour OPD decision

In a first-of-its-kind move, the Union government has decided to implement a pilot project of 12-hours a day OPD’s in Delhi government-run Safdarjung hospital. But, the government’s decision to extend the duty hours has not gone down well with the resident doctors

Federation of Resident Doctors Association

  • The union government has decided to extend the working hours of the Out Patient Department (OPD) in Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital
  • The new duty hours of the OPD’s will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The government in the notice issues has stated that this is a pilot project. Initially to be implemented in Medicine, Paediatric, Gynaecology and Surgery department

The Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA), the national body of resident doctors association has written a letter to the Union Health Ministry opposing the move.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Vivek Chouksey, President of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) said, “The doctors are already under tremendous pressure. 12 hours of OPD will put an extra burden on them. This will have its impact on the doctors. We have written a letter to the government opposing the decision.”

Meanwhile, Dr Harijit Singh Bhatti, President of the resident doctors association, of All India Institute of Medical Science said, “With the new decision the doctors will have to work for 12 hours in the OPD’s. But, the doctors are already facing a huge burden on them. Working for 12 hours in the OPD is inhuman. Either the government should make sure that the doctors work in shifts, or they should increase the number of doctors.”

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Sources say if the pilot project works out well, then it would be gradually implemented in all central government hospital in Delhi.

Every day, Safdarjung hospital witnesses close to 7,000 patients in the OPD’s.