Rajasthan doctors will end their protest after reaching an agreement with the government on the Right to Health bill
Following the agreement, it is anticipated that the doctor protests will end by Tuesday night.
The Congress led government in Rajasthan becomes the 1st state in India to provide Right To Health to the entire state population. In this historic move by Ashok Gehlot government the private doctors had some reservations and concerns about their interests.
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After days of demonstrations in various parts of the state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot declared on Tuesday that the state’s government and medical professionals have finally reached an understanding on the “Right to Health” bill. According to sources, the doctors’ demonstrations could be over by Tuesday evening.
Ashok Gehlot wrote on Twitter, “I’m pleased that the government and physicians have finally reached a Right to Health accord, and I’m delighted that Rajasthan has become the first state in the country to impose the Right to Health.
“I believe the doctor-patient relationship will be preserved,” the chief minister said.
The divisive Right to Health Act, which gave each state native the right to emergency medical care “without advance payment” at any “public health care institution, health care establishment, and labeled health care centers,” was approved by the state assembly on March 28.
The doctors have been protesting the bill across the entire state ever since it was passed. One of the main issues that worried doctors was the increased bureaucratic interference that the bill could have on how privately run hospitals operate.
The doctors in Rajasthan who are protesting the Right to Health Bill contend that if the legislation is put into effect, it will make it more difficult for them to conduct their business effectively and give local authorities more control over it.
When asked about the ongoing strike, the chief minister told reporters that under the proposed legislation, people have the right to receive free medical care up to a maximum of 25 lakh rupees. He also pleaded with the doctors to call off their strike.
Earlier on Sunday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot claimed that a “lobby” affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was reassuring and misinforming private doctors rebelling against the government’s Right to Health Bill.
The government attempted to persuade medical workers to go back to work and even threatened them with court proceedings if they continued to hold rallies. Iqbal Khan, Joint Secretary of the Health Department, handed down the directive and stated that those who stop supporting work would face disciplinary action.
The Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission intervened as well and urged the state government to act against the protesting doctor’s breach of their moral obligation and oath. The commission “cannot stand as a dumb observer of this violation of human rights,” the human rights organization declared.
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