Delhi resident doctors call off strike

Federation of Resident Doctors Association India (FORDA) members and doctors of Lady Hardinge Hospital staging a demonstration against the delay in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) Postgraduate Counselling 2021, at Lady Hardinge Hospital, in New Delhi on December 30, 2021. (Anupam Gautam/IANS)

Delhi resident doctors call off strike

New Delhi, December 31, 2021

The agitating resident doctors on Friday called off their 14-day long nationwide agitation over the delay in NEET-PG counselling and alleged manhandling of doctors by the police.

The doctors will resume work from 12 noon.

The strike was called after a meeting between the members of the Federation of Resident Doctors' Association (FORDA) and the Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police.

"Last evening we met the Joint CP of Delhi. The Delhi Police have initiated the process of quashing the FIR," said Dr Manish Nigam, president of FORDA. The Joint CP has sent a video message to rebuild the trust between the doctors and the police, he said.

In a statement, FORDRA said that a series of meetings of FORDA representatives was held with multiple Delhi Police officials. It was highlighted by the Delhi Police that they have the highest regard for doctors. They are well aware of the hardships of doctors and, as earlier, they are willing to cooperate with the medical fraternity for any issue at any time.

"A virtual meeting of FORDA with all RDA representatives was convened late in the evening whereby all the proceedings were conveyed and all concerning points were discussed in detail. It was unanimously decided to call off the agitation on 31st December, 2021, 12.00 noon, considering various factors including patient care," said FORDRA.

However, the doctors association has said that a national meeting with all the RDA representatives will be convened by FORDA on January 6. The Health Ministry is supposed to submit the Committee Report to the Supreme Court before January 6, 2022 and will publish the NEET-PG 2021 Counselling schedule following the Court hearing, the association said.

The resident doctors had called for a total shutdown of medical services in the hospitals after the police action during their march towards the apex court on December 27.


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