MPJDA denies giving strike call
ADDING ANOTHER twist to the ongoing anti-reservation and pro-reservation drama in medical colleges of the State, MP Junior Doctors? Association (MPJDA) president Dr Hemant Verma today emphatically denied that the MPJDA had called the strike at Hamidia Hospital, Bhopal, or any other hospital in the State.india Updated: May 18, 2006 14:41 IST
ADDING ANOTHER twist to the ongoing anti-reservation and pro-reservation drama in medical colleges of the State, MP Junior Doctors’ Association (MPJDA) president Dr Hemant Verma today emphatically denied that the MPJDA had called the strike at Hamidia Hospital, Bhopal, or any other hospital in the State.
“The MPJDA has not given any official strike call and only those students whose interests are being affected due to the proposed reservation bill are on strike’’, Dr Verma told the Hindustan Times.
He added that everyone had the right to favour or oppose reservation, albeit on an individual basis only. “The MPJDA should in no way be associated with the strike, and all those on strike are doing it illegally’’, Dr Verma insisted. He maintained that junior doctors of all categories including General, SC, ST and OBC were on duty at Sultania Hospital while almost 50 per cent junior doctors worked at radiotherapy, radio diagnosis and other departments at Hamidia Hospital.
He informed that a proper system of electing the MPJDA would soon be put in place to avoid any confusion in the future. “We have discussed with the Dean today and he has consented to streamlining the formation of the MPJDA under his own supervision’’, Dr Verma claimed.
It was being planned to elect the entire body through proper voting procedure and to fix the tenure of the MPJDA president and other office-bearers for one-year duration, Dr Verma added.
“Another important step necessary to give an official status to the MPJDA was to get the body duly recognised and we would do that now’’, he said.
Dr Verma said that once the system was streamlined, there would be no scope for any unscrupulous elements hijacking a particular issue in their own interest. “The MPJDA needs to work as a united forum for common causes and soon that would become possible’’, he reiterated.
Strikers take out ‘funeral’
MEANWHILE, THE anti-reservation junior doctors and undergraduate medical students of the Gandhi Medical College (GMC), Bhopal today took out a mock funeral procession of Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh.
The anti-reservation faction continued to strike work on the second day today even as the pro-reservationists were seen on duty in their respective wards. Nevertheless, shortage of many junior doctors in the hospital affected services and several patients had to suffer due to that. Consultants and assistant surgeons, besides the pro-reservation junior doctors, were also seen rendering services in most of the wards. The anti-reservation faction, sticking to its agenda, has reasserted its intention to continue the strike and protests against the proposed reservation until a favourable decision.