Nagpur: Indefinite strike of all resident doctors has started from 8 am on October 1 in Government Medical Colleges of Nagpur, Gondia, Akola, Chandrapur and Yavatmal.
The resident doctors are demanding waiving off the educational fee for the covid pandemic year. And the state government had promised to waive off the educational fee about 4 months ago.
Dr Sajal Bansal of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD). At GMCH Nagpur said, “Since nothing happened on Thursday. We have started our strike from 8 am on Friday.”
All the resident doctors present in the strike have taken a decision not to go out of the medical college premises. But the resident doctors have continued their dharna by staging a dharna in the temporary pandals.
A lot of people had gathered in front of the medicine OPD at GMCH in the afternoon. And have raised slogans to fulfill these demands. At IGGMCH, they have highlighted the issue with boards and placards.
Suffered due to the strike
Due to the strike by the resident doctors, the work in both the GMCs in Nagpur city has been severely affected. About 36 minor surgeries and 28 major surgeries were performed at GMCH as on 1st October.
GMCH OPDs normally have more than 2,500 a day, which has come down to around 1,916 on Fridays.
The Chairman of the Central Committee of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), whose name is Dr. Dnyaneshwar Dhoble, has said that we are not raising any new demand. The medical education minister and the state government had promised to waive our educational fees. And now that covid pandemic is under control they are cheating us now.
It has been learned from reliable sources that. The state government is in no mood to fulfill the demand for waiving the fee. The DMER officials have asked the Dean of GMC to somehow manage. The work in all the hospitals and to persuade all the residents to end the strike in 12 days.
The resident doctors will not call off this strike so soon that the resident doctors are determined to have a written assurance on the status of the better hostel and the resident fee waiver right now.
As a result, all the patients coming to GMC should be careful. According to sources, on-contract doctors and associate professors can also join the strike along with the resident doctors if the problem is not resolved for the next 2-3 days.