At Least 30 Patients Die In U.P. Due To “Doctors’ Strike”: PBT Seeks CJI’s Intervention

At least 30 patients have died as a result of the recent “doctors’ strike” in Utter Pradesh (U.P.).  PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha has written to the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India (CJI) today seeking his urgent intervention to end the “doctors’ strike” (see letter below).  While PBT appreciates the grievances of the striking doctors and denounces the high-handed attitude of the political leaders in U.P., innocent patients cannot be held ransom to settle doctors’ score with the government.  In 2006, Apex Court held that “doctors’ strike” may amount to “professional misconduct” in response to PIL filed by PBT (W.P. Civil No. 316/2006).  More recently, PBT filed another PIL in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on the 1-day long nation-wide “doctors’ strike” called by Indian Medical Association (IMA) on June 25, 2012 (W.P. Civil No. 253/2012).  The Apex Court has already issued notice against IMA and expressed that they “expect that doctors not to resort to any such method (strike)”.  This PIL against “doctors’ strike” has been listed for next hearing on April 14, 2014.

Let to CJI (Mar 6, 2014)