Delhi: Doctors call off strike after promise of no FIR, early NEET-PG counselling

Delhi: Doctors call off strike after promise of no FIR, early NEET-PG counselling

The resident doctors in Delhi, who were protesting over the delay in NEET-PG counselling and police brutality against protesting doctors, have called off their strike. They resumed work from 12 pm today.

“The MoHFW will submit the Committee Report to the Supreme Court of India before 6th January, 2022 and will publish the NEET-PG 2021 Counselling schedule following the Court hearing on 6th January, 2022. The MoHFW regrets the brutal incident of violence by Delhi Police against Resident Doctors who were protesting peacefully on 27th December, 2021. No punitive or disciplinary action will be taken by the authorities against any Resident Doctor who took part in the agitation that commenced on 27th November, 2021,” FORDA said in a release.

“A virtual meeting of FORDA with all RDA Representatives was convened late in the evening whereby all the proceedings were conveyed and all concerning points were discussed in details. It was unanimously decided to call off the agitation on 31st December, 2021, 12:00 p.m., considering various factors including patient care,” it said.

Thanking “every Resident Doctor, Media personnel, political parties and citizen of the nation who came forward” to extend their support, FORDA went on to say: “Healthcare services might have been affected during this month-long agitation of Resident Doctors. However, for each one of us, it is the nation that always comes first and as an association of Resident Doctors who are working at the ground level, we will always strive for improving the healthcare sector of the nation.”

Several petitions, challenging the EWS quota in the All India Quota (AIQ) for the NEET PG 2021 counselling, are pending with the Supreme Court. The doctors had demanded that the counselling and admission process be accelerated. The next hearing is on January 6.

On Monday, the Delhi Police detained several resident doctors who were marching to the Supreme Court in protest against the delay in NEET 2021 counseling and protesting female doctors alleged that they were manhandled by male police officers.

Condemning the police actions, FORDA called it a “Black day in the history of the medical fraternity”. The doctors announced that all healthcare institutions would be completely shut down from Monday.

Reports said at least 6 women resident doctors were slapped by male police officers while some were thrashed on road.