Maharashtra doctors refuse to call off strike despite Chief Minister's appeal

The Bombay High Court had warned the agitating doctors and said that punitive action can be taken by government and the BMC if they do not return to work by tomorrow.

In Delhi, union health minister J.P. Nadda asked states to take measures to improve security of doctors.

In Pimpri-Chinchwad, more than 50 doctors from the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) joined the IMA in their protest today, along with several other doctors, informed Dr. Dilip Kamat, president of the IMA's Pimpri-Chinchwad unit.

A number of private hospitals, including Sir Ganga Ram hospital on Thursday said they have chose to extend support to agitating doctors in Maharashtra and their OPD services willnot be available tomorrow. "We don't want a pan-India agitation".

Yogesh Sagar of BJP said the government should give an ultimatum to doctors and cancel their registration and file cases against them if they fail to resume work in a day's time.

Hundreds of patients have been left to suffer after doctors at Sir Ganga Ram hospital in the national capital on Friday chose to extend support to the agitating doctors in Maharashtra.

The fact that millions of patients across Maharashtra are suffering as the strike by junior doctors entered its fourth day on 23 March is the wretched eventuality that was bound to rise from the horrific assault on a doctor at Dhule Civil Hospital.

"Because of the acts of a few irresponsible people of attacking doctors, it is not right to deny the poor their right to access to the medical facilities". They clarify repeatedly that they do not call this a strike and it is not organised by any association.

After the House re-assembled, Speaker said the issue is about an organised sector holding the unorganised section of the society to ransom and the sentiment of the House is that the government should find a solution to this. "The state has enacted special laws to protect doctors".

State advocate general Rohit Deo informed the high court today that the government has chose to deploy an additional 1,100 armed police personnel from Maharashtra State Security Corporation in all the state and civic-run hospitals.

Out of which 500 armed guards are joining in Mumbai from 1st April and rest 600 will join within a month.

The Bombay High Court earlier on Tuesday ordered Maharashtra's resident doctors to resume work immediately or face action by the management. "You are fit to be an ordinary factory worker if you insist that you will not resume work until your demands are fulfilled", the division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Girish Kulkarni said. "We will hear the matter every fortnight and supervise the issue", the judges said. If the doctors on duty were attacked, the expenses for their legal and medical aid would be borne by the government, the official said.

Fadnavis' statement came barely 12 hours after the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) made a pre-midnight appeal to their members to resume work immediately. However, the doctors continued with their protest.

The doctors have been demanding better security at hospitals after five incidents of doctors being attacked in hospitals occurred in the past week.

  • Arturo Norris