The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plea of protesting doctors on Tuesday, who have been protesting in West Bengal ever since June 11 and even across the country.
The strike that ignited in West Bengal spread like wildfire in the rest of the country thus bringing the government health care services to a deadlock.
The plea has sought security for the doctors across the nation and the doctors have asked for a central law to be enacted upon.
Healthcare services at several government and private hospitals even in the national capital will be hit on Monday, as scores of doctors have decided to boycott work for a day in support of their striking colleagues in West Bengal.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had given the strike call with the withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country. IMA members will also stage a dharna at its headquarters.
Doctors at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, RML Hospital, as well as Delhi government facilities such as GTB Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital are joining the strike.
The apex medical body, IMA, said all outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am on Monday to 6 am on Tuesday, June 18.
Emergency and casualty services will continue to function, it said.
Junior doctors in West Bengal are on strike since June 11 after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured allegedly by relatives of a patient who died at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.
In a show of solidarity, medical practitioners across the country have chosen not to work, leaving patients in the lurch.
The doctors on strike have agreed on dialogue with the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, have put forth a set of ultimatum.
In a media interaction on Sunday, the doctors of NRS medical college ascertained their willingness to speak to the Trinamool supremo at the venue of her choice but added that the meeting must 'accommodate representatives of all medical colleges' in West Bengal and the national media.
They said, "We leave the decision to choose the venue to such discussion with our delegates to the Chief Minister but it should accommodate representatives of all medical colleges of West Bengal and the national media. We want to join our duties as early as possible in the best interest of healthcare delivery to the common people."
(With PTI inputs)