Police Lathicharge Protesting Resident Doctors, Association Calls For ShutDown

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Resident Doctors In Delhi Protest Over Delay In NE
Resident doctors in Delhi are on a strike, and a grim situation has taken shape at Safdurjung hospital. What started as a strike and boycott of OPD services at Delhi's government hospitals, quickly turned into hue and cry after protesting doctors alleged that they were beaten, dragged and detained by the police during their march to the Supreme Court.

Doctors began their protest exactly one month ago with a withdrawal from OPD and gradually escalated to withdrawal from all work by resident doctors. On Monday, resident doctors from central government hospitals of Delhi, such as Safdarjung Hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, and Lady Hardinge Hospital, took out a march on Monday, near Safdurjung hospital to Supreme Court but were stopped at ITO by the Delhi police. 

Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) has alleged that several female resident doctors were thrashed and manhandled by the police, however, the latter has denied these claims. FORDA has announced "a complete shutdown of all healthcare institutions today onwards." Around 50 doctors, including President of FORDA, were detained by the police. All detainees were later released. T

In an official statement issued by the association, it has called it a "Black day in the history of the medical fraternity". According to media reports, agitating doctors have been holding protest for a month and seven days in front of Nirman Bhawan in ITO. Meanwhile, Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has lodged an FIR against the doctors on the charges of rioting, causing obstruction in duty of police personnel, and damaging public property. The case was lodged at IP Estate police station.

The NEET PG exam, scheduled in January 2021, was postponed in view of the first and second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and was later held in the year on September 12. Doctors association has been demanding to release a report of what has been done so far and its future plans for expediting NEET PG counselling. The reason stated for the delays in counselling have been clutch of cases pending in the Supreme Court over the recently introduced quota for the economically weaker sections. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 24 to resolve the NEET-PG counselling crisis.

India is at the cusp of a possible third wave, with nationwide reported increase in case of Omicron variant of Covid-19. OPD services took a toll at the Safurjung hospital on Monday, and it has been reported that some patients were adviced to go to another hospital to seek treatment. OPD services, resumed at the hospital on Tuesday, with senior doctors and consultants taking charge. 

In addition to the objections raised by FORDA, AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA) has also called for a strike on December 29 including the shutdown of all non-emergency services if there are no "adequate" response from the government over the alleged police brutality in the protest march. Some media report have mentioned that on Monday's protest march, doctors burnt an effigy of a PPE-clad doctor. 

This protest has also taken a political turn, with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condemned the police action against the protesting doctors. In a tweet, he said, "Showering flowers was the PR of show off,In reality injustice is pouring in. I stand with #CovidWarriors against the atrocities of the Central Government. #NEETPG"

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