No fewer than 3,000 striking junior doctors working in six government medical colleges in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have reportedly resigned from their posts, officials said on Friday.
The doctors tendered their resignations on Thursday after Madhya Pradesh High Court described their protest as “illegal’’ and directed the doctors in the state to resume their duties within 24 hours.
The government did not accept the demands of the doctors but gave an assurance which led to the continuation of the strike.
The doctors have also announced that they will challenge the high court ruling.
The doctors demanded an increase in stipend and free treatment for them and their families if they contract Coronavirus (COVID-19) and started an indefinite strike on Monday.
The court said in case the striking doctors do not resume duties within the set timeframe, the state government must take stern action against them.
The court condemned the doctors’ decision to go on a strike at the time of the ongoing pandemic and said such a step cannot be encouraged during a health crisis.