BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday has instructed striking junior doctors to resume duty within 24 hours.
The HC has condemned the Junior Doctors Associationís (JUDA) strike during this corona time, and said that in this unprecedented difficult time, doctors should not have resorted to strike. This is a crucial time and doctorsí act is not appreciated, the court observed while hearing a PIL challenging the junior doctorsí strike.
The double bench presided by Chief Justice Mohammed Rafiq and Justice Sujay Paul declared the ongoing strike as illegal and directed them to resume the work within 24 hours failing which the Govt is directed to take action against them.
JUDA is on strike for the last four days in MP for fulfillment of their six-point demands, including 24 per cent hike in stipend and six per cent annual hike.
Government order on Stipend hike soon
DME commissioner Nishant Warbade, virtually interacting with media said, "We have sent stipend hike proposal to the government and an order on this will be released soon. Junior doctors, as they are students, are not entitled for many other facilities but even then, the government has provided them lot of facilities like Bima Yojana. Whatever law the government makes, it is uniformly applied for all, so JUDA should also adhere to it as their medical education is governed by National Medical Commission."
Strike spoils their studies
DME director Dr Ulka Shrivastava said, "Junior doctors have come here by their choice as far stipend status is concerned and we have not invited them here through advertisement. If JUDA goes on strike, they not only harm patients but also spoil their studies as diagnosis of patients is practical for them."