MARD tells court ready to resume work if ensured security

Mar 24, 2017, 00:16
MARD tells court ready to resume work if ensured security

The resident doctors' associations of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Baba Saheb Ambedkar and many other hospitals run by the Delhi and central government said they had chose to join the strike.

The doctors strike virus in Maharashtra is set to hit the Capital on Thursday as some 40,000 doctors in the city stage a walk out, shutting down the medical services at about 40 hospitals all together.

A fresh attack against a resident doctor took place on Wednesday night by a patient's relatives at Sion Hospital.

Both civic hospitals and Girish Mahajan, Maharashtra's minister for medical education, have responded to the demand for the increase of number guards, but Mahajan has also issued an ultimatum to doctors to return to work.

The Bombay High Court earlier on Tuesday ordered Maharashtra's resident doctors to resume work immediately or face action by the management.

"Because of the acts of a few irresponsible people of attacking doctors, it is not right to deny the poor their right to access the medical facilities". Lok Nayak and Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) hospitals said their emergency services ran smoothly, but some planned surgeries had to be cancelled or postponed due to manpower crisis. "Around 1,100 security personnel would be deployed at the government-run medical colleges and hospitals to ensure safety of doctors", the minister said. "Nobody bothers about resident doctors who were brutally beaten up", said Dr Vijay Gurjar, president of Resident Doctors' Association of AIIMS, "Instead of providing security to resident doctors at their workplace, the Maharashtra government is threatening them of deducting their salaries and throwing them out of their hostels".

Patients in several other government hospitals such as Lal Bahadur Sastri Hospital, Dadadev Mother and Child Hospital and G.B. Pant were affected as only the emergency departments were functional and even the normal medicine OPD remained partially operational.

The doctors at AIIMS had turned up for work yesterday, but they expressed solidarity with their colleagues in Maharashtra.

The brutal assault on Dr Rohan Mamorkar, a resident doctor at Dhule Civil Hospital on 14 March, is what sparked this whole mess.

And that Mumbai's JJ Hospital had made a decision to initiate the expulsions of doctors on strike.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court will today hear the junior doctors' mass leave matter.

The situation was no different for patients at BYLNair Hospital in Mumbai Central.

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