Resident Doctors at AIIMS and IGIMS on Strike

Scene at IGIMS in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna stayed away from their duties on Thursday in a gesture of solidarity to their Delhi counterparts who went on a daylong strike to protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill as proposed by the Modi government at the Center.

Resident doctors' union leader in Patna Dr. Vinay Kumar said that nearly 500 resident doctors at the AIIMS and 600 at the IGIMS chose to join the protest to express their opposition to the proposed commission stating it was draconic and was designed to hurt the interest of the doctors as well as the patients across all medical facilities in India.

The controversial bill in question that sets new regulations affecting medical services was earlier cleared by the Lok Sabha and now awaits the approval of the Rajya Sabha.

While officials maintained that the strike had not affected emergency services at both AIIMS and IGIMS, patients and their family members were seen filling the hospital lobbies in the hope of getting medical treatment and care that needed urgently.


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