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AIIMS docs too go on strike, calls it off by the evening

New Delhi: The striking resident doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday demanded a tough central law against anyone who engages in violence with medical practitioners.

"We want a tough central law which sends shivers down the spine of anyone who even thinks of attacking a doctor," said Dr Rajeev Ranjan, general secretary, Resident Doctors Association (RDA), AIIMS.

The resident doctors of AIIMS on Monday announced an 18-hour long strike against the assault on doctors but called off the strike in the evening. "We have faith in Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, who himself is a doctor. He will ensure that central legislation is framed to ensure the safety and security of doctors," he said.

He said that the Union Health Minister should take cognizance of tough laws in other countries. "We also want the implementation of the law once is framed," said Dr Ranjan, while talking to the reporters. "Our question to the entire country including lawmakers, patients, and the general public - Why are you not raising your voice against West Bengal incident," he asked. AIIMS doctors, who had earlier said that they would not be participating in the strike, said that they would withdraw their elective services from 12 noon on Monday till 6 am on Tuesday, a statement issued by the RDA of AIIMS said.

Emergency services including casualty, intensive care unit (ICU) and labour room services have been spared from the strike. The decision by AIIMS doctors to strike their work was taken amid allegations that a junior resident doctor at the Emergency Department of Jai Prakash Narain Apex Trauma Centre (JPNATC) was abused by the relatives of a patient at around 1:30 am on Sunday.

Indian Medical Association (IMA), the country's largest medical body, held a nationwide strike on Monday against the alleged attacks on doctors in West Bengal.

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