Resident doctors have announced the closure of emergency services against the delay in NEET counselling. The resident doctors have tightened their stance and informed on Saturday that from Monday, December 6, they would boycott the emergency services of all major government hospitals across the country. This can cause a lot of trouble to the patients.
According to the information received by the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (Forda), an organization of resident doctors, emergency services will remain closed in most major hospitals across the country on December 6.
FORDA has also written a letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in this regard, demanding that the counselling of NEET should be done soon, otherwise they will boycott the emergency service.
FORDA says that this decision has been taken in collaboration with national and state RDAs. FORDA’s National Joint Secretary Dr Kul Saurabh Kaushik said that we request all the parties and administrative authorities to ensure that the process of recruitment of new doctors is completed at the earliest. Resident doctors of three central government hospitals in the national capital have suspended OPD services since November 27 as a protest against the delay in counselling.
Doctors in hospitals have boycotted regular services other than OPDs from Friday. Due to the shutdown of work for the last two days, around 800 surgeries, small and large, have been cancelled in 40 hospitals of the capital. Apart from Safdarjung, resident doctors in around 40 hospitals including Ram Manohar Lohia, Lady Hardinge-affiliated Kalavati Saran Hospital, Sucheta Kriplani Hospital and Delhi Government’s Lok Nayak, GTB, Ambedkar, Sanjay Gandhi, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital and Ihbas are witnessing the impact of the strike.
Several operation theatres remained closed at Safdarjung Hospital. There were only a few surgeries in the emergency here. Around 150 to 200 surgeries were cancelled in two days in the hospital.
In Deen Dayal Upadhyay, a total of 80 surgeries, including minor and major, were cancelled. Nearly the same number of surgeries were cancelled in both Lady Hardinge’s hospitals. The surgery services at Ram Manohar Lohia, Ambedkar and GTB Hospital were also badly affected.
Doctors are on strike because NEET PG counselling has not been done yet, although a long time has passed for the results. A new group of doctors is not able to join the hospital as a PG because of this. Apart from the patients, it is also affecting the work of other residents working there.
The striking doctors say that there is a danger of a third wave of corona. In such a situation, due to non-recruitment of new doctors, the same situation can be created again as it was in the second wave. In such a situation, they are seeking counselling soon.