Post HC order, Maharashtra doctors hint at resuming work

Friday, 24 Mar, 2017

The Bombay High Court Thursday ordered all doctors on strike to resume work, simultaneously directing the Maharashtra government to provide adequate security at all government hospitals to ensure they can continue working without fear, reported news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, another attack on a resident doctor was attacked by a patient's relative at the city's Sion Hospital.

With the health services paralysed in Maharashtra for the third consecutive day, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued notice to around 500 resident doctors in Mumbai, directing them to resume work or face disciplinary action.

The Bombay HC also instructed the state government on 23 March to deploy 1,100 security guards at hospitals to provide security to the doctors and ordered the doctors to resume duties immediately.

"The action (mass causal leave) was taken in view assaults on doctors and also to show solidarity to our colleagues in Maharashtra who have been threatened with salary cuts for not joining duty", said Dr Solanki.

"I would also like to state that doctors ongoing strike has caused lot of inconvenience to people specially the poor patients who are deprived of medical treatment", he said, speaking in the state legislative assembly.

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The government had spoken to representatives of the striking doctors and accepted all their demands.

The strike by Maharashtra's doctors, who are protesting a spate of assaults on colleagues by patients' relatives, entered the fourth day today even as almost 2,000 of them got expulsion notice a day ago.

The state's education minister earlier said the doctors - who had gone on strike after two of their colleagues were assaulted - agreed to go back to work after meeting with him. The doctors' protest entered the fourth day on Thursday.

"Only emergency duty schedule of resident doctors will be followed during this time", he said.

Though emergency services at hospitals were not affected due to strike, the functioning of out patient departments and other services were hit with doctors abstaining from work. On Tuesday, Chief Justice Manjula Chellur had said, "If you (doctors) do not want to work, then resign". Doctors from almost 40 government hospitals, including those run by civic bodies, planned mass leave. According to Dr Sagar Mundada, the chairman of the Indian Medical Association's youth wing, a decision on the matter will be taken soon.