301 Resident doctors suspended over issue of their strike

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Mumbai, 22 March :Dean of Government Medical College, Nagpur suspended 301 of its resident doctors over issue of their strike.

As nearly 3,000 resident doctors are on strike since Tuesday, demanding better security for them at hospitals in the view of recent attacks.

Bombay High Court likely to hear the junior doctors’ mass leave matter tomorrow, which could not be done today because of unavailability of CJ’s bench.

BMC also served notices to 500 resident doctors on strike,asks to resume work in wake of HC directions as soon as possible else face consequences.

While Hearing a petition of social activist Afak Mandaviya on Tuesday seeking action against the protesting doctors, a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice GS Kulkarni said the hospital management concerned should initiate action against the doctors.

However, the Bombay High Court termed the doctors’ strike as “shameful” conduct. “If you (doctors) do not want to work, then resign. You are not factory workers that you will resort to such protests. Shame on you. How can doctors behave in such a manner?” Bombay High Court Chief Justice Manjula Chellur asked.

“We don’t feel safe in such situation. We cannot concentrate fully on patients. Every delegation of ours that met with state officials has got only assurances but nothing was implemented. As long as a resident doctor does not feel safe, he or she is free to remain on leave or not report to duty,” a doctor told reporters on Tuesday.

A senior official of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) expressed the medical services in the Outpatient Departments (OPDs) were massively affected in the absence of resident doctors. However, emergency health services, including taking care of accident patients, surgeries and providing post-operative care to those admitted in various hospitals, were being maintained by senior doctors, he said.

Recently, a resident doctor was severely brutally beaten up in the Dhule civil hospital by the relatives of a patient. In Nashik civil hospital, an on-duty doctor and a nurse were manhandled by the kin of a patient who died on Thursday.

Read Full Story: Caught in Camera: Doctor beaten by patient’s relatives in a Maharashtra’s hospital

Last week, a doctor in the BMC-run Sion hospital in Mumbai was also manhandled.

A meeting held on Tuesday night between the Maharashtra Principal Secretary for Medical Education, Rajagopal Devara, and representatives of the resident doctors had failed to break the deadlock.

 Wefornews Bureau

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