Resident doctors from hospitals across India are protesting under the banner of Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) against the delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling.
On Monday, the protest intensified when resident doctors marched towards the residence of Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and some of them were taken into custody by the Delhi Police. FORDA claimed that doctors were subjected to ‘police brutality’ and announced that all health care institutions would be closed from Tuesday.
The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday called the representatives of FORDA for an ’emergency meeting’. However, the protesting doctors were not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting and have decided to continue their protest till their demands are met.
“Today was the twelfth day of the agitation called by FORDA to expedite the NEET-PG 2021 counseling. A meeting was called by the Union Health Minister in the afternoon with the FORDA representatives, putting forth all the relevant points. However, the response was not satisfactory,” Forda’s official statement said on Tuesday evening.
Furthermore, following the brutal incident of yesterday’s violence on resident doctors protesting peacefully by the Delhi Police, no apology has been sought from the concerned side. In fact, the protestors are an FIR has been registered against the doctors. After meeting the representatives, the Resident Doctors’ Associations have decided to continue the agitation till our demands are met.
The protesting doctors’ representatives were not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting held with the Center on Tuesday. He has decided to continue his agitation even as the Health Minister has urged him to withdraw it in the wider public interest.
The protesting doctors said that they are yet to receive a written apology from the Delhi Police for the alleged assault on the protesters. Also, registering an FIR against the protesting doctors has further angered them.