The Supreme Court questioned the lack of intention on the part of the State governments to impose the Essential Service Law and bring in line the medical professionals who resorted to strikes at a great cost to the patients.
It appreciated the effort of the NGO People for Better Treatment as commendable and dismissed it say the court could not issue any directions as sought by it against medical strikes.
The Chief Justice H. L. Dattu said that, the medical profession is a noble service. God has created doctors to save life. Being God's agent, they should not go on strike. Beyond that a positive direction cannot be issued, when we know that it is difficult to implement our order.
The State government has a law in the name of Essential Services Maintenance Act; if they enforce it, all the strikes are gone. Nobody expects doctors, lawyers and teachers to go on strike but they do so.
The Chief Justice of India's observations are true, it is for the citizens who belong to the noble profession like doctors, lawyers, teachers should think twice before they go on strike and the law enforcing authorities should act sternly in such kind of strikes in the public interest.