Bhopal: Patients at state-run hospitals in Madhya Pradesh faced hardship as students and junior doctors intensified their anti-quota stir and struck work, besides organising rallies and shaving their heads to register their protest.
Indian Medical Association (IMA) members and engineering students are expected to join the protest tomorrow, sources said.
“Students and junior doctors of all five medical government colleges (at Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Rewa and Jabalpur) joined the strike to protest the proposed reservations for OBCs in institutes of higher education,” Junior Doctors Association (JDA) vice-president Amit Tyagi told PTI here.
“A ‘sadbudhi yagya’ (offering of prayers to seek wisdom for (HRD Minister) Arjun Singh to withdraw his decision was held at Gandhi Medical College by hundreds of protestors,” he said, adding some of them shaved their heads.
Services at medical college hospitals were adversely affected even as authorities claimed they were taking adequate steps to tide over the crisis.
A human chain was formed by medical students and junior doctors, and pamphlets were distributed among people to create awareness about their opposition to the quota for OBCs, Tyagi said.
“Following talks with other bodies, engineering students and doctors – from both government and private hospitals – are expected to join us soon.” IMA vice-president S N Goyal announced in Indore that the body would take out a rally on May 18 and consider the exclusion of doctors taking advantage of the quota system from the organisation.