The resident doctors of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura on Wednesday evening suspended their strike.
"In view of the order issued by director SKIMS (SIMS 301 01(02)/18/666/69 issued on 16 May, signifying that pay hike for PG residents shall be applied soon and necessary orders will be issued within 2-3 days' the RDA decided to suspend the strike for the time being," resident doctors' association (RDA) SKIMS said in a statement.
"The decision has been taken to avoid further deterioration of patient care," the statement said.
Director SKIMS, Prof Omar Javed Shah said that all routine services of the institute would be resumed with immediate effect. "Today, we hired our first lot of junior residents and the resumption of duties by our existing residents will help to streamline patient care immediately," he said.
He said that institute administration had been "closely involved" in resolving issues of resident doctors and hoped that their grievances would be addressed "in due course of time".
Meanwhile, RDA has thanked director SKIMS for his "tireless efforts" and hoped that he would pave way for getting their demands addressed.
To mention, SKIMS resident doctors had been on strike since Saturday, hitting OPD and emergency services of the institute due to staff shortage. Patients across Kashmir had been facing harrowing ordeals as SKIMS cancelled all routine surgeries, diagnostic tests and other procedures for the past five days.