Agitating junior doctors have called off their agitation and resumed work after their leaders met with state health minister Narottam Mishra on Saturday. The doctors said they have deferred the agitation after health minister assured them that their demands would be met.
Nearly 1,200 junior doctors in MP had started an agitation, demanding that the state government properly equip hospitals so that they don’t have to face the people’s ire for failure in delivery of healthcare. They also demanded strengthening of security arrangements at hospitals and an increase in their stipend.
Junior Doctors Association (JDA) Bhopal president, Dr Aditya Lunawat said that JDA representatives met Narottam Mishra and discussed their demands with him. “The minister told us that soon, a second round of meeting would be held in which the modalities of implementing the demands would be discussed. So till that meeting, we have decided to defer our agitation,” he said.
The junior doctors also said that their decision to defer the agitation was because state hospitals were receiving lot of suspected dengue and swine flu patients, who needed immediate medical attention. “We don’t want people to suffer on our account,” said Lunawat.