Over 3000 doctors resign in MP after Court rules strike ‘Illegal’

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Over 3,000 doctors in Madhya Pradesh have resigned from their posts after the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday directed the striking doctors to resume their duties within 24 hours.

Over 3000 doctors in Madhya Pradesh have resigned from their posts after the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday directed the striking doctors to resume their duties within 24 hours.

The court termed the four-day-old strike as “illegal”. However, the junior doctors announced that they will challenge the High Court ruling.

Over 3000 doctors working in the six government medical colleges of the state resigned en masse from their posts on Thursday and submitted their resignations to the dean of their respective colleges, Madhya Pradesh Junior Doctors Association (MPJDA) president Dr Arvind Meena said.

The strike, which began on Monday, will continue till their demands are fulfilled, he said. They have put forward multiple demands before the state government, including a hike in stipend and free treatment for them and their families if they contract the deadly coronavirus infection.

Meena said the state government has already cancelled their enrollment for the third year PG and therefore they won’t be able to sit for examinations. The MPJDA will appeal against the high court judgement in the Supreme Court, he added.

Meena claimed members of the Medical Officers Association and the Federation of Resident Doctors Association will also join their agitation.

He said junior and senior doctors of Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Bihar, Maharashtra and AIIMS Rishikesh, among others, have supported their strike.

Govt promises to fulfil demands

On May 6, the government authorities promised to fulfil their demands but nothing happened after that, forcing them to stop work, Meena said.

Asked about the government’s decision to raise their stipend by 17 per cent and whether they will resume duties after relevant orders are issued, he remained non-committal.

Earlier in the day, the high court at Jabalpur 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 in case the striking doctors do not resume duties within the set timeframe, the state government must take stern action against them.

The bench condemned the JDA’s decision to go on a strike at the time of a pandemic. And it said such a step can’t be encouraged during a health crisis.

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