The Covid-19 pandemic has put a lot of pressure on the healthcare system. The second wave of the pandemic brought in an increased demand for equipment, oxygen cylinders, possible treatments and the healthcare workforce. Many of the doctors, especially the recently graduated junior doctors and the nurses, are willing to completely help the patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and also patients suffering from other life-threatening disorders. Many of these doctors are given very low stipends and they face a lot of issues.
As of June 5th, 2021, around 3000 junior doctors have resigned after the Madhya Pradesh High Court stated that their protests were illegal and ordered that the doctors get back to work within 24 hours.
These doctors were protesting for their demands to be met which include:
- Providing more police protection to the doctors and having police personnel at the hospitals since many of the doctors are facing a lot of violence in the wake of the second wave.
- The doctors were demanding a 24% increase in their stipend. The state government did say that they had promised a 17% raise but that is not enough.
- To reserve beds for doctors and their family members in case if they are infected with COVID-19.
In solidarity, doctors over at AIIMS Delhi and Safdarjung Hospital held a candlelight march on June 6th.
This is one among the many protests of doctors that have been happening recently. On June 1st, doctors from all over the country observed a Black Day against the anti-allopathic remarks that Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev had made. They silently protested and did not suspend any of the healthcare services. On June 2nd, Doctors at the Hojai District of Assam boycotted the Out Patient Department as one of their colleagues was brutally assaulted by 24 members. One of the doctor’s patients passed away because of COVID-19 and many of their family members attacked the doctor on grounds of not providing proper treatment. However, the Assam Police have arrested these members and stated that assaulting the frontline workers will not be tolerated.