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Around 3,000 junior doctors resign in Madhya Pradesh—Here’s why

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In a major trouble for the Madhya Pradesh government, nearly 3,000 junior doctors have tendered their resignation after the Madhya Pradesh High Court termed their strike illegal and directed them to resume work. The development comes at a time when the state is battling the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with its rickety health infrastructure.

The agitating doctors of six government medical colleges have said that will challenge the verdict of the high court. Madhya Pradesh Junior Doctors Association president Arvind Meena said junior doctors of six government medical colleges have tendered their resignations. The strike that began Monday will continue until the government accepts their demands, Meena said.

Demand of junior doctors

The junior doctors are demanding a hike in their stipend. They are also demanding free treatment for them and their families in case they contract the viral infection.

Meena claimed that on May 6, the government authorities promised to fulfil their demands, but nothing happened after that, which forced them to halt work. The government has promised to raise the stipend by 24 per cent and till they raise it to that limit, the strike will continue, he said.

What HC said

The Madhya Pradesh High Court termed the statewide strike called by the JDA as illegal and directed the protesting junior doctors to return to work by 2.30 pm on Friday. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq Ahmed and Justice Sujoy Paul said if the striking doctors do not resume duties within the set timeframe, the state government must take stern action against them.

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The bench condemned the JDA’s decision to go on a strike at the time of a pandemic and said such a step cannot be encouraged during a health crisis. The HC said this during the hearing of a petition against the strike filed by Jabalpur-based advocate Shailendra Singh.

Govt reminds doctors of “moral duty”

State’s medical education commissioner Nishant Warwade said that a 17 per cent increase in the stipend of junior doctors has already been approved and soon orders to this effect will be issued. He also said that government will also implement a medical insurance scheme for the medicos.

The bureaucrat also said that Essential Services Maintenance Act also applies to doctors and he is hopeful that the medicos will resume treating patients which is their moral responsibility.

 

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