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Head To Head

Are doctors justified in taking industrial action in defence of their pensions? Yes

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3242 (Published 08 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3242

Rapid Response:

Re: Are doctors justified in taking industrial action in defence of their pensions? Yes

Life in India isn’t easy by way of expenses. Whenever there is an issue of pay hike, the Government ignores all such demands by quoting medical sciences as critical services and a service to humanity, and label the ‘noble professionals’ as Gods. GODS don’t need money; they shouldn’t ask for more money, at least not agitate for it, least of all go on strike for it. They are doing such noble and humane work and their hearts should bleed for everyone, even if their own living expenses bleed them. Doctors must suffer in silence, be thankful for what they get and, in India, and brace themselves for the occasional roughing up as bonus. It takes time to discern whether they are so lucky to have the chance to serve humanity and do noble deeds or whether their goose is being cooked right and proper in the name of patient care and responsibility to the sick in the society. Halleluiah GOD!

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 May 2012
Rakesh Bhargava
Orthopaedic surgeon
Prof Orthopaedics NIMS Jaipur India
Moji Colony,Malviya nagar Jaipur 302017 India