The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on June 16 announced it will go ahead with its strike on June 17.
The strike will result in withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country.
The IMA is protesting the recent assault on doctors in West Bengal.
The announcement came a day after Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked states to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors and medical professionals from any form of violence.
The medical body had launched a four-day nationwide protest from June 14. It had also called for a countrywide strike on June 17 with the withdrawal of non-essential health services.
On June 15, Vardhan, along with a letter to all chief ministers, also attached a copy of the Draft Act provided by the IMA –the Protection of Medical Service Persons and Medical Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss of Property) Act, 2017.
In its statement, the IMA said effective implementation of the central law has to be ensured by incorporating suitable clauses.