AIIMS doctors tell Narendra Modi to put on apron, spend one day in their shoes to understand their stress

Backing the protest by doctors in Rajasthan for higher pay and promotions, resident doctors of AIIMS asked prime minister Narendra Modi to 'live' their life for a day to understand their stress

PTI December 24, 2017 15:10:18 IST
AIIMS doctors tell Narendra Modi to put on apron, spend one day in their shoes to understand their stress

New Delhi: Backing the protest by doctors in Rajasthan for higher pay and promotions, resident doctors of AIIMS asked prime minister Narendra Modi to "live" their life for a day to understand their stress.

In a letter to PM Modi, the AIIMS Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) on Friday urged the PM to understand the tremendous pressure on doctors at government hospitals due to the poor infrastructure and misbehavior of patients' relatives during emergency situations.

AIIMS doctors tell Narendra Modi to put on apron spend one day in their shoes to understand their stress

File image of Narendra Modi. PTI

"We are lucky to have an active PM like you now RDA AIIMS requests you to put (on) white apron and spend one day as a government doctor to understand the tremendous amount of pressure we face, the agony of patients who did not get treatment, the dying healthcare system due to lack of resources and infrastructure," AIIMS RDA president Harjit Singh Bhatti wrote in the letter

He said it will also set an example to ministers who level allegations against doctors for cheap publicity.

"Your one day as a government doctor can be a turning point for the healthcare system as it will restore faith in the medical profession," the letter read.

Several doctors in Rajasthan were arrested as the state government invoked the Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) for three months after the All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors' Association warned of indefinite strike in support of their demands.

"Rajasthan doctors are on strike from 16 December, this strike is helplessness rather than intentional because the state government arrested 86 doctors by imposing RESMA," read the letter.

"Their demands were previously accepted by the Rajasthan government but now they refuse to fulfill them, resulting in mistrust and anguish among the hardworking doctors. Please instruct the Rajasthan government to fulfill their promises and stop all atrocities against doctors," it said.

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