They were on their fourth day of strike against certain provisions of the NMC Bill when Vardhan met the associations of AIIMS and Safdarjung resident doctors to remove their misconceptions regarding the bill.
Rahul Chaudhary, president of the hospital’s Resident Doctors’ Association, said, “We have ended the strike after we were assured that security will be beefed up. But if our demands are not met, we will resume it.”
The doctors said they were considering sending mass applications for the licences to the Kutch collector, even as junior doctors in West Bengal called off their week-long strike after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee agreed to their demands on enhancing security for doctors.
The draft law was submitted by the IMA to the Ministry in 2017 — it had demanded a central law for the protection of doctors, and has raised it again in the wake of the NRS Medical College and Hospital incident in Kolkata.
IMA committee member Dr P K Gupta said the state unit received instructions from the IMA headquarters in Delhi to protest against the violence against doctors in West Bengal and to push for a law to protect doctors from violence.