Indian Medical Association national president Dr KK Aggarwal states on why doctors had to stage a day long protest in Delhi.

To protest against violence faced by doctors and other professionals in the healthcare industry, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) organized a march – Chalo Dilli – in the Capital on June 6.

Nearly one lakh doctors participated in the one-day strike. The Dilli Chalo movement was a milestone in the history of IMA. But, its success is not to be celebrated. Instead, we should ask ourselves why we were forced to even consider the idea of a protest, said Dr KK Aggarwal,National President of IMA.

The march began at Rajghat and ended at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. Several reputed hospitals like Apollo and Max also supported the strike and called off their out-patient department (OPD) appointments, with only keeping the emergency services open for the public.

The idea behind staging the march was to bring the nations attention to the issues faced by medical professionals. Doctors treat, but God heals, is a well-known saying. The Dilli Chalo movement was organized to make our voices heard and to bring to the nation’s attention the plight of the medical professionals today. We are doctors, a fraternity that has been accorded the status of next to God. However, the profession is facing its worst period. Justice is being denied to doctors even within the framework of the constitution of India, said an angry Dr Aggarwal.

IMA also plans to launch a signature campaign on social media. It has urged the doctors from across the country to collect signatures that will be sent to the ruling government. According to Dr Aggarwal, violence against doctors is increasing. Hospitals and medical establishments are ransacked. The risk of physical assault has created an atmosphere of fear among doctors. Doctors are being criminally prosecuted, suffer the indignity and trauma of an unlawful arrest. We are being deprived of our professional autonomy, he informed.

Courtesy: Welthi


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