Medical students at Safdarjung hospital on Wednesday called off their three-day-long hunger strike after the hospital administration promised 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 badge 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.