New Delhi: Patients are suffering as the protest called by the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) over the delay in NEET-PG 2021 counseling intensified. On Friday, resident doctors of Delhi government-run hospitals like RML, Safdarjung and Lady Hardinge hospitals decided to boycott all routine services which were then extended to emergency services on Monday as well.
Scenes from hospitals show patients waiting outside and struggling to get any service. Resident doctors require a written assurance as proof, a resident doctor told ABP news that they were told during an administrative meeting on Monday that they will receive a written assurance but they have not received one so far.
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At the RML hospital, a new circular issued by the Office Superintendent warned of disciplinary action against resident doctors appointed on an ad-hoc basis involved in the protests.
“All resident doctors (Junior and Senior residents) appointed on an ad hoc basis are informed that they cannot indulge in or participate in any strike activity. Failure to comply with the rules will attract disciplinary action as deemed appropriate, including termination,” the circular says according to an ANI report.
The General Directorate of Health Services also appealed to doctors sitting in protest to return to work after boycotting all regular services in hospitals.
“I once again appeal to you to return to duty and give your support to the Minister of Health and MoHFW who are doing their best to resolve the sub judice matter,” said the Directorate General of Health Services according to the ANI.
He also added that by returning to work, doctors would send a strong “nationalistic and moralistic” message.
“Returning to the functions will give a very strong message of a nationalist, moralistic and rational approach in these most difficult times for yourself and also for the poor and common men of our friendly country, because they are the ones who suffer from such strikes.”
The pan-India protest has been called by the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) over the delay in the NEET-PG 2021 counseling.
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