Delhi doctors’ protest continues: Health Minister’s appeal, police’s clarification – 5 things to know

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing protest by resident doctors over the delay in NEET-PG counselling, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday (28 December) met a delegation of Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) to hear their grievances. and urged them. To call off the strike in the larger interest of the public.

Here’s a cheat sheet of what’s happened so far:

Why are the resident doctors protesting?

Resident doctors have gone on strike over the postponement of NEET-PG 2021 counselling, creating a ‘shortage of 45000 doctors on the frontline’. NEET PG exam, which was earlier scheduled to be held in January 2021, was postponed in view of the first and second wave of COVID-19 and was conducted on September 12, 2021. In a statement, AIIMS RDA had said, “This inordinate delay has led to paucity of manpower in medical colleges across India. The Supreme Court, which is hearing petitions challenging the EWS quota in the All India Quota (AIQ) for NEET PG 2021 counselling, has scheduled the next hearing on January 6, 2022, further delaying the counseling process has been

What did the health minister say?

After his meeting with a delegation of protesting resident doctors at Nirman Bhawan in Delhi, Union Health Minister Mandaviya urges them to call off their strike Due to which services in government hospitals like Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia have been affected.

“I held a meeting with all the resident doctors. We are not able to do counseling as the matter is sub judice in the Supreme Court. The hearing will take place on January 6. I hope NEET PG counseling will start soon.

Delhi Police refuses to use force against doctors

Delhi Police on Tuesday denied using “force or lathi-charge” against doctors during the protest march. Additional commissioner (central range) Suman Goel was quoted as saying by IANS, “We did not use any force on the protesters. No canes of any kind were used. In fact the Delhi Police holds the highest respect for doctors.” The doctors as well as the police claimed that several people were injured in the scuffle between the two. The doctors had alleged that they were brutally beaten up and dragged by the Delhi Police personnel.

future course of action

After meeting with the Union Health Minister, the Delhi RDA is currently in a meeting to decide the further course of action, reported ANI. Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA), FORDA and all RDAs are likely to meet tonight at 8 PM. Earlier, FAIMA had called for a complete withdrawal from all health services across the country from 8 am on December 29 “in protest against brute force by Delhi Police against doctors”.

effect of protest

Outpatient department treatment (OPD) services were stopped in all major government hospitals in Delhi, causing hardship to the people. However, OPD services at Safdarjung Hospital, Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Lady Hardinge Hospital resumed today, with senior doctors and consultants taking care of the patients, according to ANI. Apart from this, the Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS also withdrew all non-emergency work from Tuesday.

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