Gujarat medicos strike enters 6th day, angry doctors return their COVID Warrior certificates
Ahmedabad: With resident doctor's strike in Gujarat entering sixth day, the medicos have decided to return their 'COVID Warrior' certificates claiming officials have asked them to vacate hostels and disconnected water and power supply even as Chief Minister Vijay Rupani urged the medicos to call off the protest and honor the bond agreement.
At least 2,000 resident doctors, most of who recently finished their post-graduate courses, went on strike on August 4 evening, mainly over the issue of the bond service period and demanding emoluments as per the 7th Pay Commission. These doctors belong to government-run medical colleges in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, and Jamnagar.
Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel had already termed this strike 'illegal' and had warned to invoke the Epidemic Diseases Act if the doctors did not resume duty. However, resident doctors observed "black day" on Saturday, by wearing black clothes, after the state government termed their strike as "illegal".