On December 2, a large group of homoeopathy doctors from Navi Mumbai went on strike by keeping their clinics shut to protest against the government’s indifference to their demands.
Medical colleges and hospitals also remained shut in support of the protest. Support also poured in from The Homoeopathy Integrated Medical Practitioners Association (HIMPA).
Homoeopathy doctors have claimed that the government has not paid heed to their demands of granting homoeopathy doctors separate funds by the health department and that they should also get jobs in government hospitals.
“We don’t want any problems and only want officials to heed our demands which we have been asking for, for the last 17 years,” said Dr Shivdas Bhosle, a homeopathy doctor.
During the protest, the doctors and students raised slogans saying, “Haa Aawaj konacha, homeopathy doctorancha (Whose voices are these? These are the voices of homoeopathy doctors),” and took to the streets in a procession in Vashi, near Shivaji Chowk, to make their demands heard. Post-graduate students from Yerla Medical Trust College too participated in the strike.
“I am supporting the strike because it is for my betterment and for the future generation of homoeopathy doctors. We want and deserve the facilities provided to other doctors and also want work in government hospitals”, said Dr Neha Shetty, a post-graduate student from Yerla Medical Trust College.
The doctors marched to the Collector’s office in Thane and submitted their list of demands. If the government does not give in to their demands, they have threatened to stage a hunger strike out side the Winter session of Assembly in Nagpur.
“We are here to protest and seek a bright future for our students who are currently pursuing their studies in homeopathy. We do not want them to face the problems we have been facing till date. For me, it is a do or die situation, and we will fight for our rights,” said Dr S T Gosavi, vice president, HIMPA (Maharashtra).