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The Indian Medical Association (IMA), largest medical body in India, has called a nation-wide “doctors’ strike” on June 25, 2012 (Monday) to protest government’s introduction of “Clinical Establishment Act (CEA), 2010” and “Bachelor of Rural Healthcare (BHRC) course. While PBT has no qualm with any medical group for raising legitimate concerns about untenable act or medical course by the government, but protest by disruption of regular hospital services through “doctors’ strike” is wrong under any condition because in every incidence of “doctors’ strike”, only the hapless patients, mostly from the poor families, pay the ultimate price, often through their lives.
“Doctors’ strike” is immoral, unethical and against the law. If past experience is any indication, one would have to shudder to imagine how many innocent patients may die as a result of the proposed nation-wide “doctors’ strike” on June 25, 2012. As the largest humanitarian organization dedicated to promote a better healthcare system and to help the hapless patients of India, PBT has filed an urgent public interest litigation (PIL) before the Supreme Court of India today seeking court’s intervention to stop the “doctors’ strike” on June 25, 2012 (copy of the writ petition is shown below). PBT has also sent a memorandum to the health ministry to take appropriate precautionary measures to stop the catastrophe that may occur in hospitals around India on June 25, 2012 unless our PIL is allowed by the Apex Court.