On 31st JUDA had called for a strike in Madhya Pradesh, In a major relief for the MP government, the junior doctors have ended the strike as the government agreed to their terms and conditions including a 6 percent hike in stipend per year. A delegation of striking doctors met with Medical Education Minister Mr. Vishwas Sarang and decided to end their strike after the announcement of a 17 percent hike in their stipend.
Madhya Pradesh High Court on strike
On Thursday 3rd June, a division bench of Madhya Pradesh High court declared that the state-wide strike called by junior doctors was illegal and ordered them to restart duty within 24 hours. The order also directed the state government to take strict actions if the doctors refused to return the duty. After this inference of High Court the MP Medical University, Jabalpur cancelled the registrations of 450 junior doctors.
Due to these two unfortunate decisions, all junior doctors in the state announced their collective resignations. In six different medical colleges in the state, including GMC Bhopal, MGM Indore, NSCBMC Jabalpur. BMC Sagar, SSMC Rewa, and GRMC Gwalior.
JUDA representatives said they would approach the Supreme Court for relief in a press conference. JUDA president Dr. Arvind Meena while addressing a press conference said “State government had committed JUDA and the onus is on the government to fulfill it. We have been on a peaceful strike for four days, but there is no communication from the government. An attempt was made to mislead us by getting a petition filed in High Court, you can stop us from the strike but not from resigning”.
However, a division bench of MPHC comprising chief justice Mohammad Rafiq, Justice Sujoy Paul reprimanded the junior doctors for their strike during life-threatening second wave of COVID-19 and said that this strike of doctors cannot be justified on any ground.
This intervention of court was in response to a petition filed by Shailendar Singh, an advocate from Jabalpur seeking intervention in the strike by junior doctors.
JUDA called off the strike
After the intervention of the court, the Medical Education Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Vishwas Sarang gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the doctors on strike to resume their duties otherwise he is bound to take strict actions, maintaining that the government has satisfied their demands. On 7th June JUDA had withdrawn their strike call after assurance of Vishwas Sarang for the same.
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