A senior Delhi government official said that authorities had yesterday accepted 19 demands of the striking resident doctors and asked them to resume their work as the strike was badly affecting medical services in the city.

"The strike is not justified when we have agreed to all the demands. Doctors of Delhi government hospitals should resume their work and not join with Central government hospitals," the official cited.

The government had given a deadline to the doctors till 11 A.M. today to resume their duties. The protesting doctors said they have not called off the strike as they need concrete measures from the government which, they claimed, has in the past given similar assurances but failed to deliver.

The striking doctors are demanding adequate life-saving drugs, security at workplace and timely payment of salaries.

The strike by the resident doctors at over 20 hospitals run by the central and Delhi governments and municipal corporations, including Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Maulana Azad Medical College, has hit medical services.

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