The doctors owing allegiance to Haryana Civil Medical Services Association (HCMSA) decided not to proceed on the proposed strike on Friday after a consensus over their demands was reached between them and the state government during their talks on late Thursday evening.
The doctors are demanding the creation of specialist cadres for them and stopping the direct recruitment of senior medical officers.
The federation submitted that as no junior doctors have been inducted this year, the second- and third-year PG doctors are handling the patients. The plea contended that this has led to a situation where the doctors are working for more than 80 hours per week and several of them have now tested positive for COVID-19.
Several resident doctors gathered on the premises of Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and chanted slogans as their stir, led by Federation of Resident Doctors' Association (FORDA), entered into 14th day.
The meeting between a delegation of the Federation of Resident Doctors' Association (FORDA) and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya took place at Nirman Bhawan here, but the doctors' body said, the "response was not satisfactory".
The stir, led by the Federation of Resident Doctors' Association, has been going on for several days, and FORDA also said that several of its members were "detained" when they tried to hold a protest march from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) to Supreme Court.
NEET PG 2021 Counselling: The stir, led by the Federation of Resident Doctors' Association, has been going on for several days, and FORDA also said that several of its members were ‘detained’ when they tried to hold a protest march from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) to Supreme Court.
The doctors' body warned that if the issue is not resolved at the earliest, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will be "forced to adopt direct democratic participation along with the resident doctors".
The resident doctors at Ram Manohar Lohia, Safdarjung and Lady Hardinge hospitals said they resumed the strike as the government had made a "fake promise".
"By defaulting on the payment of salaries for the last two months, North MCD has failed to honour the agreement, hence we are free to call for strike of doctors," the November 17 letter by the MCDA to the commissioner had said.
The state government had in April announced that intern doctors of government and GMERS-run medical colleges will get Rs 5,000 as monthly Covid allowance over and above their stipend for the months of March till June for COVID-19 duty.
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