IMA calls for Nation Wide Doctor's strike

Indian medical association

IMA calls for nation wide doctor’s strike. Indian Medical Association(IMA) has called for a nation wide one day strike. IMA’s demand is that hospitals to be made into safe work places and that a Central Act be enacted for the protection of healthcare professionals.
The strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will hit medical services but not the emergency services. The junior doctors at AIIMS also marched in protest on the campus this morning, as planned, to show solidarity to the protesting doctors in Bengal.
The doctors have been protesting against the attack on one of their colleagues by relatives of a patient who died at Kolkata’s NRS Medical College last week. A doctor in the country’s top medical institute AIIMS in Delhi was abused by the relatives of a patient around 1 am on Sunday.
Responding to the nationwide call given by the IMA, medical practitioners staged a protest at Sri Venkateswara Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital here on Monday. The protest was on from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., after which the doctors proceeded to regular work.

Doctors in Kerala are staying away from work in deference to the IMA’s call. Except services to the emergency wing, labour rooms and intensive care units, have been affected.
The junior doctors who had so far refused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeal for talks, softened their stand on Sunday. “We are keen to end this impasse” a spokesperson of the doctors said after a two-hour meeting.
The Supreme Court today said it will hear a plea tomorrow seeking safety measures for government doctors.
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