As the National Medical Commission Act-2019 got the assent from India’s President Ram Nath Kovind, the Telanagana Association of Junior Resident Doctors has ended its 10-day long strike, giving a huge respite for patients who faced a hard time due to lack of treatment.
The doctors had gone on indefinite strike after the NMC-Act was passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 1, 2019. They had stopped essential and non-essential medical services bringing healthcare to grinding halt in all medical colleges.
They resorted to rallies, protest and dharna but that did not draw the attention of the central government which has enacted the law. The junior doctors, who are also PG students, are not satisfied with the response from India’s Health Ministry, given on its website.
The doctors' group said that there are many unanswered questions in the NMC law including who will regulate the Community Health Workers to whom the government will provide limited license to give treatment.
The doctors' group blamed other resident doctors associations which did not support them. The association, however, said that they will continue to fight for amendments in the NMC Act.
The doctors said that they will take up a legal battle on NMC Act. The doctors will continue to conduct regular protests against objectionable provisions in the act. They will conduct regular awareness program in the public against the act.
The doctors said that they will conduct protest with RDAs of other states at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and will strike work before the winter session of Parliament begins.