Maharashtra: Doctors on strike against incidents of violence

Doctors of Sion Hospital went on a strike and held a candle march after a patient's relatives abused and beaten up a doctor on Saturday night

They said that they can not work under such life-threatening conditions. The protest started in the wake of a recent incident where a doctor was allegedly beaten up by the relatives following a patient's death at the Sion Hospital in Mumbai.

According to a Mumabi High Court order, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) can not call for a strike, which is why the doctors have gone on leave instead. The residents, under the banner of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), submitted a memorandum to the GMCH Dean Dr Abhimanyu Niswade and pressed for their various demands including protection to them.

"The patient had been admitted to a private hospital in Sangamner (Ahmednagar) for 3-4 days and then brought to Nashik, after he did not respond to treatment there". Giving details, a patient said that this is unacceptable that due to one single person so many patients have to suffer.

"There are a couple of long-pending demands from the state government, including higher wages and more security at the government hospitals", a senior MARD official said on condition of anonymity.

According to some reports, nearly 75 per cent of Resident Doctors across major Mumbai health centres, including Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, KEM Hospital, JJ Hospital and Nair Hospital, have gone on leave.

State Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan said, "A committee has been formed to look into the issue of providing security to resident doctors".

Suraj Sonawane, a postgraduate student of radiology, said, "Urgent steps need to be initiated to beef up security at government-run medical colleges attached hospitals". Police said a total of three people have been arrested in this connection.

A junior doctor was attacked in Aurangabad's government medical college on Sunday. General health services were affected in government hospitals, as a result of the strike called by resident doctors in Maharashtra.

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