New Delhi, December 28 (KMS): The Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) has called upon all doctors across India for complete shutdown of healthcare services from Wednesday (tomorrow) against a brutal police crackdown on the doctors’ protest against the delay in college allotments after the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examinations.
The Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA), which has been spearheading the protest for a month now, said 4,000 of its members ended a sit-in at the Sarojini Nagar police station around midnight on Monday to adhere to the coronavirus night curfew. They said they had been stopped from marching towards the Health Ministry’s offices earlier in the day.
The Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) has called upon all RDAs associated with it as well as other doctors’ associations across India for complete shutdown of healthcare services from Wednesday. The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has come out in support of FORDA, saying it shall shut down all non-emergency services on Wednesday if no adequate response is received from the government within 24 hours.
Calling it a “black day” for the medical fraternity, many women doctors alleged that they were manhandled during their march in the day that culminated in an intense face-off with the police and a vigil well into the chilly December night.
Alleging that they are being overworked and “operating at 66 per cent capacity”, they have been demanding the urgent recruitment of new doctors, which has been on hold for over a year.
FORDA president Manish Nigam said that resident doctors of a large number of major hospitals on Monday “returned their apron (lab coat) in a symbolic gesture of rejection of services”.