Maharashtra resident doctors continue strike

Speaking to ANI, Mahadeshwar said, "I appeal to all protesting doctors to resume work by evening, if not then authority will take legal action against them".

A post graduate student, who is also a training doctor at Sion Hospital, was attacked on Saturday by relatives of a 60-year-old, who died during treatment.

In a letter to the Dean of Sion Hospital, the Resident Doctors said they were unable to report to the duty as they couldn't "concentrate" on the work.

"The current spate of attacks on resident doctors is worrisome". Out patient department services are expected to get a blow on Monday in public institutions with fewer doctors to treat patients.

At most of the hospitals, some senior resident doctors looked after the daily health check-ups of the patients, an official of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) said.

This was another attack after the recent Dhule incident, which took place on March 14.

The audacious attack sparked protests by medical and doctors' associations across the country.The main demand of the protesting resident doctors is that the State Government must initiate measures to stop attacks on doctors across the state and stern action against the assaulters.

The issue also came up before the Bombay High Court with an activist filing a petition seeking a direction to the doctors to report to work immediately. "We want to be protected against such attacks, but the approach of the government is little lax towards this core issue".

The medical fraternity across Maharashtra has stopped reporting to duty from Sunday as a protest against recent incidents of violence on doctors.

Nashik: A doctor and a staff nurse of Nashik Civil hospital were beaten up by irate relatives of diseased patient here on Thursday night. After the incident, a police complaint was lodged and several of the accused were arrested.

"We are keen on increasing the number of doctors (in government hospitals) as well and have taken steps towards it".

  • Joanne Flowers