Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, which earlier decided not to join the all-India strike on Monday, announced withdrawal of all nonessential services from noon after a junior doctor at its trauma centre was assaulted in the early hours of the day.
Healthcare services at government and private hospitals in the national capital will be hit as scores of doctors, including those at AIIMS, decided to boycott work for a day in solidarity with doctors protesting in Bengal.
A medico at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre had allegedly been assaulted for “giving preferential care to a critical patient”, the RDA said in a statement.
In a briefing to the press, the RDA said it was the duty of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on the issue of doctors’ safety.
Doctors'strike: “We work for patients day and night. Don't our lives matter to you? Now that the protest has spread across the country, is it not the PM’s duty to speak with the Chief Minister?”: AIIMS (Delhi) Resident Doctors' Association. pic.twitter.com/9jKgM2jNHF— NDTV (@ndtv) June 17, 2019
While eschewing any political affiliation, the RDA blamed West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for the lack of safety.
“Won’t belong to any political party. One woman chief minister is holding the security and safety of doctors at stake,” the Resident Doctors’Association said, quoted NDTV.
“We want a law that scares people so much that they think a thousand times before attacking any medical personnel,” they said.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has given the strike call with the withdrawal of nonessential health services across the country. IMA members will also stage a dharna at its headquarters in Delhi.
Doctors of the AIIMS also held a protest march in the campus between 8 am and 9 am. “We once again urge the West Bengal administration to fulfil the demands of the striking doctors and resolve the matter...