The nationwide doctors' strike today, called against the government's decision to allow post-graduate Ayurvedic doctors to perform surgeries, may cause major disruptions in healthcare services across the country amid the Covid pandemic. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for withdrawal of all non-essential and non-Covid services between 6 am and 6 pm. However, emergency services, including casualty, labour rooms and emergency surgeries, will be exempt from the strike along with ICU and CCU. Private hospitals across the country have raised concern over the strike and are taking steps to ensure smooth functioning of services. The IMA has indicated that the agitation may intensify in the coming weeks.