Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Extending solidarity with the doctors of Indian Medical Association (IMA), who launched the ‘Dilli Chalo’ agitation, doctors from Mizoram today observed a two-hour pen-down strike in all government and private hospitals.
The doctors stopped work and did not treat patients between 9 am and 11 am to protest against a rise in cases of violence against their fellow healthcare professionals across the country.
“While doctors in other parts of the country were observing a day-long pen-down strike, Mizoram doctors skip their daily work for two hours in order to avoid hardship to the patients,” IMA Mizoram branch president Dr. Vanlalruata said, adding that the agitation was observed in government and private hospitals.
Joined by doctors from across the country, doctors in the national capital today staged a one-day strike under the banner ‘Dilli Chalo movement’ protesting against the increasing instances of doctors being attacked by relatives of patients over the past few months. A protest march was organised from Rajghat to Indira Gandhi indoor stadium. About one lakh doctors took part in the event, sources said.
The IMA’s website says its movement’s objective is to “bring to the attention of the nation” the “atrocities faced by the medical profession.”
It also aims to address the medical fraternity’s demands, which include a stringent central act against violence, single-window accountability with no criminal charges on doctors without intent to harm a patient, and single-window registration of doctors and medical establishments.
Apart from the attacks on doctors, IMA also raised several issues like setting up of National Medical Commission, NEXT examination, professional autonomy in prescriptions, etc.
The IMA’s charter of demands also includes uniform MBBS final exams for all, avoid merging of Ayush with modern allopathy medicine and allocation of five % GDP for universal healthcare.