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Doctor's strike: Justifiable or not?
A doctor's profession is different from other professions, since it deals with life and death of a person. If we look at a recent strike by junior doctors in UP's Kanpur, which gradually spread across Uttar Pradesh, it led to the death of at least 30 patients because they didn't get proper treatment.

Reportedly over 50,000 patients suffered in various hospitals during the strike. The protesting doctors called off their strike only after the Allahabad High Court intervened in the matter.

When the strike was at its peak, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) came up with a statement in which it expressed its deep concerns on the reports of paralysed health services.

In a country like India, where the government does not give enough heed to silent protests or rather justful protests, people have found out a way to awaken the government from its deep slumber i.e. move out on the street and protest.

Though under the law it is permissible to go on strike by giving notice in advance, but is it justifiable for the doctors to go on strike? Shouldn't be there some different way the doctors should adopt to express their displeasure since their profession is directly related to someone's life.

Dr. KK Aggarwal, cardiologist and Sr. Physician and Dean of the Board of Medical Education Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi, feels that doctors going on strikes depends on the situation, and it should be the last resort.

"Doctors should not go on strike for every silly reason like Kejriwal does. Strike should be the last resort for the doctors," said Aggarwal.

Whereas Dr. VS Mehta, Neuro Surgeon at Paras Hospital, Gurgaon, feels that strike is the only way, by which one can make the government listen to their grievances.

"I agree to the fact, that doctors going on strikes is not justifiable, but then there should be a system where someone listens to the grievances of the doctors. If we are doing silent protests like wearing black badges and work, then even media will not cover our issues. Some kind of assurance should be given to the doctors," said Dr. Mehta.

Dr. Aggarwal informed that according to the Medical Council of India, going on strikes is illegal in medical profession and legal action can be taken against it.

"But in the recent strikes in UP, the junior doctors were harassed and were arrested for no reason. This issue was something related to the security of the doctors in UP and the reason was genuine to conduct a strike"

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