AIIMS Strike in 2006-07 Declared Illegal by Delhi HC
Delhi High Court bench on 21 Fevruary 2011 declared a series of strikes undertaken by agitating AIIMS doctors in 2006-2007 as illegal.
A bench of judges comprising Chief Justice Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna of the Delhi Court on 21 Fevruary 2011 declared a series of strikes undertaken by agitating AIIMS doctors in 2006-2007 as illegal.
In relation to the case the court directed the hospital administration to identify the participants responsible for the strike so that they could be punished. The president of AIIMS was ordered to constitute a high-powered committee for the purpose. The authority should take appropriate action as per law after identifying those guilty.
The Delhi High Court observed that doctors, residents, interns, para medical staff and any other person connected with AIIMS could not have gone on strike and repetition of similar activity in future would be viewed as contempt of court.
While HC’s verdict can be seen to apply to every doctor at a government hospital in Delhi, the court explained why it chose to focus on AIIMS. The court chose to focus on AIIMS though the verdict is applicable to every doctor at Delhi’s government hospital as doctors at AIIMS play a significant, meaningful and pregnant role in the field of medical education, research and delivering of sophisticated latest treatment facilities to patients. The court also emphasized that the patients at AIIMS deserve uninterrupted high-quality treatment.
The bench ordered the management of AIIMS to identify doctors who had participated in four strikes — a 17-day strike in protest against OBC reservation in educational institutions in 2006, a two-day demonstration in 2007 against the removal of its then Director P Venugopal, a two-day strike on the issue of refusal of then health minister Ramadoss to sign degrees and certificates of students and lastly in 2007, a strike against an amendment that fixed the retirement age of AIIMS director.