Resident doctors of AIIMS, Safdarjung hold candle march
NEW DELHI: Resident doctors of the AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital here on Sunday held a candlelight march in support of the protesting doctors in Madhya Pradesh, who have been demanding a hike in stipends and beds for them and their families in case they contract COVID-19.
The doctors from the two hospitals marched to Sri Aurobindo Marg and shouted slogans demanding justice for their fraternity members in Madhya Pradesh.
“We are enraged to learn about the atrocities and callousness of the government of Madhya Pradesh. The resident doctors are protesting for their rightful demands which were denied outrightly and the outraged administration is headed to spoil the careers of thousands of trainee doctors,” a FORDA statement read.
“Our healthcare system is anyways in shambles and any further reduction in manpower will affect it adversely,” it added.
An office-bearer of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Resident Doctors’ Association said the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh should schedule an urgent meeting with the protesting doctors and solve the issue within next 24 hours, “failing which a nationwide protest will be held”.
The Madhya Pradesh government had on May 6 said steps will be taken for the safety and security of doctors in hospitals, treatment to ‘corona warriors’ and their families will be provided on priority basis, and a stipend hike of about 6 per cent per year from 2018 along with Covid incentives will be provided to them, he said.
“It is really sad that all these demands fell on deaf ears of the Madhya Pradesh government, forcing the resident doctors to go on indefinite strike from May 31,” the official said.