Protesting Doctors’ Talks With Health Ministry Remains Inconclusive

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Protesting Doctors' Talks With Health Ministry Remains Inconclusive

Junior doctors say the delay in college allotments for NEET postgraduates is unacceptable.

New Delhi:

Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia has asked protesting doctors to call off their strike over the delay in college allotments of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, or NEET postgraduates, sources said. The junior doctors, who have been protesting since yesterday, have threatened a complete shutdown of medical services if their demands are not met.

In the last 24 hours, the protesting doctors have faced brutal police crackdown, and thousands were detained, they claimed. Today, they were stopped from marching to the Supreme Court where the NEET matter is pending.

After the meeting between the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association or FORDA, and the health ministry this afternoon, sources said the ministry has assured that the report of a three-member committee, formed by the Union Health Ministry to review the Economically Weaker Section or EWS quota, will be presented to the Supreme Court during the hearing on January 6.

The Union Health Minister has also expressed regret about yesterday’s confrontation between the Delhi Police and resident doctors, sources said.

The FORDA had alleged that the protesting doctors were manhandled by the Delhi Police — an accusation the police have denied.

The junior doctors contend that the delay in college allotments after the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, or NEET, postgraduates is unacceptable, especially in view of the Covid situation which has created huge pressure on hospitals and medical professionals.

The doctors accuse the government of delay in resolving the situation. The government contends that the since the issue is pending in court, they cannot resolve it.

The admissions process and the allocation of colleges for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, or NEET, undergraduate and postgraduate students have been caught in a legal deadlock as the Supreme Court is looking into the matter of quota for Economically Weaker Sections.

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