NEET PG counselling delay: Resident doctors of Delhi's 3 Centre-run hospitals boycott all routine services after OPD

The Resident Doctors' Association of these colleges have said that the onus of any unfortunate medical incident that may occurs due to halt in routine service will be on authorities
Image for representational purpose only | Pic: PTI
Image for representational purpose only | Pic: PTI

Intensifying the protest called by the Federation of Resident Doctors' Association (FO-RDA) over the delay in NEET PG 2021 counselling, resident doctors of the Centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Hospital in Delhi boycotted all routine services on December 3. The RDA-RML hospital has warned the administration that its members will withdraw from emergency services if no concrete step is taken by the stakeholders to ensure immediate completion of NEET PG counselling. "Due to insensitive response of governing bodies responsible for the delay in NEET PG, 2021, counselling, we are compelled to boycott all routine services at RML hospital (OPDs, IPDs, special clinics, Elective OTs) from December 3 till the time our genuine grievances are not fulfilled," the RDA said.

"All emergency services in the hospital will run as usual. However, if no concrete steps are taken by the stakeholders to ensure immediate completion of NEET PG Counseling, 2021, we will be forced to take the extreme and harsh decision of shutting down the emergency services as well and complete responsibility will be on administration," it said. The RDA said that the decision was taken in consensus with the national and state RDAs. An action plan will be decided after meeting with them, it said. With the possibility of another COVID wave, the counselling process must be started at the earliest to prevent the collapse of the health care system, the RDA said."As the third wave of COVID is imminent, we wish to reiterate that we are grossly understaffed as the PG residents of the 2021 batch have not yet joined," it said.

Resident doctors of the three Centre-run hospitals in the national capital had withdrawn from rendering OPD services from November 27 to November 29 as a mark of protest against the delay in NEET PG 2021 counselling. The Safdarjung Hospital RDA, in an intimation to the medical superintendent, said that there have been repeated delays in conducting NEET PG 2021 counselling despite multiple reminders and communications with the authorities concerned. "The resident doctors are exhausted and on the verge of a breakdown. Still, they have been patiently waiting and working with resilience for patient's care," Safdarjung RDA said.

"As the withdrawal of OPD services didn't bring any concrete response from the authorities, we are pained to inform you that we shall withdraw all our routine services from December 3 in support of the nationwide protest called by FORDA. We will continue the emergency services. However, the onus of any unfortunate situation affecting the healthcare will be on the concerned authorities," the RDA said. A similar intimation letter was sent by the RDA at Lady Hardinge Hospital to the facility's director informing them of a withdrawal from all routine services from December 3.

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