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Delhi Govt. doctors oppose extended OPD hours

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NEW DELHI: The doctors say that their work schedule is already very exhausting.

The Delhi government’s decision to extend the timing of Out Patient Department (OPD) in its hospitals has encountered a brick wall, with doctors expressing their inability to work extra hours, citing lack of incentives and manpower.

Opposing the Delhi Government order, Dr Vivek Chouksey, President, Federation of Resident Doctors Association, said, “The city government must hire more doctors and increase the infrastructure to increase the OPD timing.” It may be noted that the Delhi government wants one extra hour in OPDs in its hospitals in the mornings as well as in the evenings.

Chouksey told DTMT, “They cannot increase our already over exhaustive working schedule.” He added, “Resident doctors in all public hospitals in Delhi are likely to protest the order and we will soon chalk out a plan after discussing with our members.”

The Delhi Government Order on extension of working hours was issued by the department of Health and Family Welfare on October 9, 2017.

The order said that OPDs will remain functional from 8 am to 2 pm so that there is enough time for people to be attended to, and the crowding in hospitals can be lessened.

The order further said that to achieve this, registration counters shall open at 7:30 am and close at 1 pm.

The Delhi Government order also said that whenever required a "token system" would be implemented for the benefit of patients.

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