"The National Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned with the reports of paralysed health services leading to death of many patients due to continuing strike of junior doctors and other medical practitioners in the different parts of Uttar Pradesh following police action and arrest of two dozen junior doctors in the GSV Medical College, Kanpur after a scuffle with a Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly on the 28th February, 2014.
The Commission apprehends that repercussions of this strike may impact the other parts of the country as the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has reportedly said that if its demands for withdrawal of charges against junior doctors and action against the MLA and the SSP, Kanpur are not met, it will go on all India strike from Thursday. Reportedly, a number of doctors have already tendered their resignations.
The Commission notes that the patient care is sacrosanct to the medical profession and as such the medical fraternity should explore some alternative ways to register their protest in a manner which does not cause a blot on their identity and put them in bad light in public perception. At the same time, it also understands the need to know in the right perspective why the after effects of the incident in Kanpur have spread like a wildfire in other parts of the State and the IMA had to step in. There may have been a simmering anger among the medical fraternity over the way they might have been treated by the people in power and in general, over a period of time, which has got a vent through the incident in Kanpur. The medical professionals should not be made to feel that they are at the receiving end all the time.
Therefore, the National Human Rights Commission appeals to all the concerned stakeholders, including the Government of Uttar Pradesh, to take an immediate and appropriate action to end this stalemate, which is causing violation of right to health and life of people, and bring guilty to justice at the earliest to send right signals among all sections of society."