The Junior Doctors Association (JDA) unit of Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) withdrew OPD services at AMCH in Dibrugarh on Saturday in protest against postponement of NEET PG Counselling 2021.
The junior doctors withdrew the OPD services in support of the nationwide strike called by the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) in protest against NEET PG Counselling 2021 postponement.
However, the emergency services were not affected by the strike.
Dr Iftikar Hussain, secretary of JDA Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) unit on Saturday said, “We, the junior resident doctors, have been fighting at the frontline since the beginning of Covid19 pandemic.”
“We have been waiting patiently till date for some positive outcome of the Supreme Court proceedings in the matter of already delayed NEET PG 2021 Counselling.”
“However, there seems to be no respite to our physical and mental distress, with the next court hearing scheduled for January 6, 2022,” he said.
“With a very heavy heart and shattered hopes, we now lack enthusiasm to sail through these extremely difficult times of despair and hopelessness and have been left with no other option but to pull back ourselves from active duty.”
“We the JDA AMCH unit have withdrawn OPD services. However, emergency service won’t be affected. In case there is no positive response from the government, we will be forced to escalate our protest,” he added.
The JDA AMCH unit urged the Centre and the Supreme Court to take note of the grievances of the residents doctors and take necessary measures for expediting the NEET PG Counselling as well as admission process and to fast-track the court proceedings on urgent basis.
It also sought appointment of non-academic junior residents and appointment of post-MBBS doctors in Covid duties.