Government Medical College and Hospital doctors go on leave en masse

Posted March 23, 2017

The court came down heavily on the protesting doctors and asked its representative body, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), to ask all doctors to resume their duties immediately.

Recently, a resident doctor of a government hospital in Dhule and a doctor at the BMC-run Sion hospital in Mumbai were attacked by the relatives of patients.

Medical services in 17 government hospitals in Maharashtra, including four in Mumbai, were severely affected because of the strike.

The development followed strong comments by chief justice Manjula Chellur and justice GS Kulkarni on the doctors' mass casual leave agitation going on for the last two days, following a public interest litigation filed by activist Afaq Madaviya.

Meanwhile, Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan said, "The attacks on resident doctors are unfortunate and assailants should not be spared". Although senior doctors were handling serious or emergency cases, an estimated 400 scheduled surgeries had to be postponed on Monday.

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The lawyer appearing for the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors said that doctors were not on strike but were afraid to enter the hospitals.

As a part of the protest, some of the resident doctors have availed leave, while the others are not reporting to duty.

"There are a couple of long-pending demands from the state government, including higher wages and more security at the government hospitals", a senior MARD official said on condition of anonymity. They are claiming that a large number of relatives come along with the patients and this puts pressure on them and affects their working. Around 4,000 resident doctors have not joined working since yesterday, demanding better security arrangements in the hospitals.

Mumbai: Mumbai Mayor V Mahadeshwar on Monday assured the protesting Resident Doctors of their security but at the same time called upon them to resume work or face legal action. The daily adds that the court has stated contempt action should be taken against the striking doctors and directed the management of government hospitals to take disciplinary action against the doctors who are on a strike.

"There can be some cases of negligence by doctors but mistakes may occur due to allergy, reactions, but every case cannot be negligence. This is where the problem begins", said a resident doctor, adding that each of the doctors has skipped work on individual basis as he or she doesn't feel safe to work after a series of attacks on doctors.