Maharashtra CM Fadnavis warns striking docs of legal action, calls them 'insensitive'

Mar.23 (ANI): The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) on Thursday asserted that the doctors on strike are ready to join as the Bombay High Court has assured to provide armed police personnel for their security.

Union health minister J.P. Nadda had earlier today appealed to the striking doctors to resume their duties, saying he had asked the Maharashtra government to provide security to them at hospitals.

Our Faking News reporter caught up with one such protesting doctor, Dr Shwetank Srivastava at AIIMS Delhi and he had this to say, "Ours is a peaceful way of protest and we had to plan it well".

A number of private hospitals, including Sir Ganga Ram hospital said they have chose to extend support to agitating doctors in Maharashtra and their OPD services will not be available today.

Making a statement in the Legislative Assembly, Fadnavis said, "Enough is enough". There were more than 3000 doctors on strike statewide.

Shortly afterwards, the 40,000-strong Indian Medical Association (IMA) of Maharashtra also announced withdrawal of the agitation by its doctors in private hospitals and general practitioners. "Many doctors feel they should work out a solution across the table", Borde said.

"The Government has given us assurance verbally, but we wanted an assurance in writing which we have got today". It has been proposed to set up an apex council with representatives of the government and doctors to discuss this. Almost 40,000 doctors are expected to return to work today after the Indian Medical Association called off its strike, according to CNN-News18.

The Federation of Resident Doctors Association, FORDA, in a statement said they may consider going on an "indefinite" leave in support of demands by doctors in Maharshtra and a decision to this effect may be taken by Saturday. Despite the state government assuring doctors that their security will be enhanced they were unwilling to join work.

They also demanded a centralized act to prevent violence against doctors.

The court also directed the government and the management of various hospitals not to take any punitive action against the doctors who were served notice yesterday for not resuming their duties.

However, dean of KEM hospital and director of major hospitals Dr Avinash Supe said 105 resident doctors across KEM, Sion and Nair hospitals had resumed, while dean of JJ hospital Dr TP Lahane said 92 were working.

  • Joanne Flowers