Regret Police’s Behaviour Towards Our Doctors, Says Health Minister, Urges to Call off Strike

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has regretted the police behaviour on protesting doctors and asked the resident doctors to call off their strike in the public interest. Police personnel had lathi-charged protesting doctors who marched towards the Supreme Court demanding to expidite NEET PG counselling hearing.

After the clash between police and doctors, doctors across India have called for a nationwide shutdown of medical services including emergency services on December 29. This is happening amid the rising cases of new Covid-19 variant Omicron in India.

The police action against doctors did not go down well. The Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) had called for a nationwide shutdown including emergency services. “If authorities think they can get await with using whatever oppressive means they have at their disposal, they are wrong,” said FAIMA.

Representatives from FORDA had earlier too met the minister and had called off their strike after the meet. The minister had then assured the doctors that the case will be taken up for an early hearing in the Supreme Court.

Doctors have been demanding fast track hearing of NEET PG counselling cases. Under the case, the government is reconsidering the Rs 8 lakh rationale for the EWS quota in the All India Quota (AIQ) for medical college admissions.

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