Resident doctors in Delhi, led by the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA), have been protesting against the repeated delay in the NEET-PG 2021 counselling for the last 10 days, boycotting all medical services including emergency services.
Delhi Police officials detained several resident doctors who were marching towards the residence of the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya as part of protest against the delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling. Prior to this, the police had detained several resident doctors who were marching towards the Supreme Court of India.
The agitating doctors have also threatened mass resignation if the government doesn’t expedite the matter on NEET-PG counselling listed in the Supreme Court. As the protest continued on Monday, the evening took a dramatic turn with both medics and police personnel claiming several injuries in the ensuing melee.
Doctors also sang the national anthem before being detained. Meanwhile, medical associations have condemned the police action against doctors in the national capital.
In a statement issued later, FORDA said it was a “black day in the history of the medical fraternity” and warned of a complete shutdown of all healthcare institutions from today onwards if their demands are not met. “Resident doctors, the so-called corona warriors protesting peacefully to expedite NEET-PG counseling 2021 in Delhi were brutally thrashed, dragged and detained by the cops.
“AIIMS RDA strongly condemns this brutality of the police and the insensitivity of the government towards the medical fraternity and demands immediate release of all the detained doctors, with an apology from the government and the police. This incident is sensitive enough to spark the shutdown of all medical activities by the resident doctors; and in the absence of the government’s immediate response the RDA will not fail to do so. It’s high time for the government to release a report of what has been done will date, and what are the government’s plans moving forward, for expediting NEET-PG counseling,” AIIMS RDA said in a press release.
It also decided to shut down healthcare services including all non-emergency services from December 29 if government does not respond within 24 hours.