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Resident doctors protest: Ford says health minister’s response is unsatisfactory, protests will continue

NEET-PG Counseling protest: A delegation of Delhi-based resident doctors, who have been protesting for the last 12 days over the NEET-PG 2021 counseling delay, decided to continue the protest after talks with the Union Health Minister failed on Tuesday. The Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia held a meeting at the construction building, but the doctors’ association said their “answer was not satisfactory”.

Intensifying their movement the day before, a large number of resident doctors protested on the premises of the center-run Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday, when police personnel were deployed to maintain law and order. After witnessing a dramatic scene at Sarojini Nagar police station, the doctors raised the slogan ‘We want justice’.

FORDA President Dr Manish and some other doctors involved in the protest were called to Mandavia today. This time the Union Minister requested him to call off the strike in the public interest. The Forda-led movement continued for the 12th day on Tuesday as patient care was affected at three centrally run hospitals – Safdarjung, RML and Lady Hardinge Hospital and some hospitals run by the Delhi government.

The response of the health minister is not satisfactory

Forda said in a statement issued late at night that all concerns had been raised in a meeting with the health minister, but that his response had not been satisfactory. According to his statement, the parties concerned have not yet apologized after the Delhi Police’s brutality against the peacefully protesting resident doctors.

It is true that the police have registered an FIR against the protesting doctors. It has been decided to continue the movement till the demand is realized after discussing with various representatives of the Residential Physicians Association. The protest took a dramatic turn a day earlier when doctors and police clashed on both sides, with several people allegedly injured in street clashes.

Police have been deployed to maintain law and order

A senior police official said security personnel had been deployed at the Safdarjung hospital premises to maintain law and order during the doctors’ strike. A“More than 100 police personnel have been deployed,” the official said. It is also to ensure the law and order situation of the hospital. At present the situation is normal and under control. Resident doctors are protesting peacefully here. Later, when the situation became normal, the police removed him from the hospital.

The faculty association of Safdarjung Hospital has condemned the clash, while AIIMS’s Resident Doctors Association has requested the government to clarify its policy to expedite NEET PG counseling. Failing that, he threatened a symbolic strike on December 29.

Doctors returned the apron in protest

Forda also said on Monday that several members of the Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) had been “detained” for trying to organize a protest rally in the Supreme Court. The Ford president claimed that on Monday, a large number of resident doctors at large hospitals returned their aprons (lab coats) in a symbolic gesture of denial of their services.

The faculty association of Burdwan Mahabir Medical College (VMMC) and Safdarjung Hospital in a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner on Monday said that they strongly condemned the unacceptable, cruel and inhumane treatment meted out to resident doctors by the Delhi Police. Resident doctors have been brutally assaulted by Delhi Police.

Police have denied the attack

Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Monday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Monday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police said on Monday night that a case has been filed under the relevant section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) alleging cowardly violations, riots and damage to public property.

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