Within 24 h of resident doctors demonstrating against the delays in NEET-PG counselling alleging that they were assaulted by the police, doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as well as those associated with the Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) have decided to join the stir.
Doctors from AIIMS, one of the only big tertiary-care government medical college hospitals that had stayed away from the protest, in a letter to the union health minister, said that they would withdraw from all non-emergency work today if no concrete steps are taken.
“It’s high time for the government to release (sic) a report of what has been done till date, and what are the government’s plans moving forward for expediting NEET-PG counselling. If no adequate response from the government is received within 24 hours, AIIMS RDA shall proceed with a token strike on 29/12/21 including shutdown of all non-emergency services,” the letter read.
This would impede patient care in the city further. With emergency departments of big hospitals like Safdarjung and Lok Nayak affected by the strike, patients were being referred to the AIIMS for treatment.
Furthermore, the FAIMA called for its resident doctors’ association to withdraw from all work, including emergency services, after Monday’s incident. The protest began with withdrawal from outpatient department (OPD) services in November end by two national organisations — the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) and FAIMA.
The protest gradually intensified, with the doctors boycotting even emergency work, following which on the insistence of the government the strike was paused for a week.
The strike resumed on 17 December as FORDA members withdrew from all services.
“We remind the authorities that FAIMA and its associated RDAs have shown great restraint till now and not stopped emergency services. However, the government and the authorities have left us with no other option. It is time for all doctors to show unity and solidarity with our colleagues who have been mercilessly handled, gheraoed, dragged, and detained… We hearby [sic] call for complete withdrawal from all healthcare services across the country from 8 am on 29/12/21,” read a release by the FAIMA.