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Doctors block road after march halted

The doctors from major hospitals run by the Centre and the Delhi government are on strike for the last 11 days.

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New Delhi: More than 1,000 Resident Doctors here blocked a road leading to ITO in the heart of the capital after their march to the Supreme Court was stopped by Delhi Police on Monday.

The doctors had called for the march after their month-long agitation to expedite the counselling of NEET PG 2021 qualifiers was not accepted by the Centre.

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The doctors from major hospitals run by the Centre and the Delhi government are on strike for the last 11 days. Their demand will add around 50,000 doctors to government hospitals across India.

Meanwhile, the agitation has spread countrywide. Many key government hospitals across India shut down their OPD and emergency services in solidarity.

Patient care in Delhi was affected as the resident doctors boycotted all services, including emergency, as part of a nationwide protest called by the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA).

The doctors say they will not provide services at the hospitals until the Supreme Court, which has stayed the counselling due to several petitions, calls for an immediate hearing of the matter. The apex court has said it will hear the matter on January 6.

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