Published: Thu, March 23, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Doctors on protest are ready to join duty: MARD

Doctors on protest are ready to join duty: MARD

The violence sparked a mass strike, with almost 4,000 resident doctors protesting against the lack of security in all government and civic hospitals. He had previously said that the state government "will take strong legal action against those who attack doctors and will ensure doctors' security".

Almost 40,000 doctors in Maharashtra today made a decision to go on an indefinite strike in "support" of their colleagues, wading into a three-day-old standoff that has seen thousands of resident doctors stay away from work to press for greater security in hospitals. The matter will be heard again after 15 days. On Tuesday, while hearing the case, the court had slammed the protesting doctors while granting the hospital management the permission to take action against them.

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 on Wednesday, March 22.

The strike call came on a day AIIMS resident doctors wore helmets to work in solidarity with the Maharashtra doctors. Mahajan, later in the evening, issued another warning: "If doctors fail to resume work by Thursday morning, they would lose their stipend for six months".

Justice Chellur said, "I will myself make a visit to the hospitals to check if they are there".

A resident doctor told TOI, "Till our security demands are met and changes are visible on the ground, the mass leaves will continue". "The least that government can do is provide adequate protection to its doctors, otherwise no doctor would join government services in the future".

Around 1,200 resident doctors of AIIMS here turned up on duty at the emergency department today wearing helmets in support to their striking counterparts in Maharashtra.

Dr Mamorkar suffered serious skull, abdomen and chest injuries.

Attacks on doctors in recent years have been triggered by frustrations with the public healthcare system, analysts say.

A representative of the protesting medicos said, "The resident doctors also need armed security personnel at sensitive places on the hospital premises".

While the Indian Medical Association and the Full-Time Medical Teachers' Association have extended support to the doctors' stir. The state government has informed that HC that 500 security guards would be appointed by 5 April and remaining 600 guards would be appointed by the end of April.

After treating patients while wearing helmets to show support to their Maharashtra counterparts, around 40,000 resident doctors in Delhi on Thursday have chose to go on a mass leave.

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