Mrunal Manmay Dash

In a show of solidarity, the resident doctors at several government-run medical colleges in Odisha extended their support to the protesting doctors across India by sitting on dharna on Wednesday.

As many as 260 resident doctors from the Sriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack and Fakir Mohan Medical College in Balasore have called on a one-day seize-work strike.

Barring Emergency Service, all other departments, including the indoor and outdoor services have been hit by the strike.

The strike is against the multiple postponement of the NEET PG 2021 counselling which led resident doctors across the country to launch protest, demanding to expedite the admission process. The protesting doctors said that they have been working without the help of juniors for almost a year and are finding it hard to manage patients.

A protesting doctor in Balasore, Jai Prakash Parida, said, “Due to delay in counselling, we have a shortage of 45000 doctors in several PG departments, making us and the PG second year doctors overburdened.”

“A PG student is supposed to prepare for exams apart from discharging his/her duty as a doctor. But with this shortage, we hardly get time for studies. All our time is devoted to patient care,” Parida added.

It is worthwhile to mention here that hundreds of MBBS graduates launched a protest at lower PMG Square in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday (Dec 8), alleging lack of government jobs for them in the State. The doctors raised slogans and alleged government apathy towards the rising trend of unemployment of doctors in Odisha.

The doctors alleged that despite attaining degrees from government-run colleges, they fail to secure a government job due to a dearth of vacancies for the general category.

The agitating doctors cited that after 2014, the government has not sanctioned adequate number of posts for eligible candidates in the general category while vacancies for the same are observed in the reserved category.