Why resident doctors are protesting?

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New Delhi, 30th December 2021: The post-graduate medical courses admission take place in April/May. However, this year the NEET PG 2021 counselling has not begun. The government introduced an EWS quota in admissions which reduced the seats for open category students. They challenged the decision in court and the matter has been prolonged.

Resident doctors are considered the backbone of government hospitals. They share at least 80 percent of the workload. The PG degree course is of three years and diploma course is of two years. The PG students —who already hold an MBBS degree — work in several departments of government hospitals.

As the first-year students have not joined, the workload has increased. The last year students need to prepare for their exams from December-January, which further increases the load on their juniors. Ultimately the patients will not get adequate attention due to a shortage of staff.

The resident doctors in Delhi under the aegis of the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) have been protesting and holding meetings with the government.

On Tuesday, the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya assured that the Centre would submit the report of the committee formed to review the EWS quota in NEET PG in the next Supreme Court (SC) hearing scheduled for January 6. He also assured the that it will seek permission from the SC to begin the NEET PG 2021 counselling process.

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