Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday appealed to the doctors who went on strike since Thursday after the National Medical Commission Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha to resume their duties. The minister said that the bill was in the interest of doctors and patients.
The Minister made the appeal during a meeting with a delegation of residential doctors from various associations who are on strike over certain provisions of the bill.
It has been alleged by the association that the bill has provisions that are anti-poor, anti-student and undemocratic.
The Resident doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung Hospital and RML hospital in Delhi have continued their strike on Friday starting Thursday and withdrew all services, including that at the emergency departments of hospitals in protest against the bill which seeks to replace the graft-tainted Medical Council of India.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, while meeting the striking doctors have exlained to them that this historic bill is in the interest of doctors and patients. The minister have also addressed queries that they had on certain provisions of the bill.
The Minister also appealed the doctors to end their strike and that there is no reason to stroke. He said that doctors should not defy their duties towards patients.