4000 resident doctors stay away from duty in Maha hospitals

Henrietta Brewer
March 20, 2017

Over 4,000 resident doctors in Maharashtra's government hospitals stayed away from duty on Monday to protest the incidents of attack on their colleagues, affecting the public healthcare system, an official said.

On Friday morning angry doctors and nurses staged an agitation demanding action against the attackers and protection to doctors. "We are humans after all", Dr Jagdale said.

In the third such attack in a week, a resident doctor at Sion Hospital was allegedly assaulted by the relatives of a patient.

The petition also sought a direction to the state government to look into the issue and take necessary action.

"It is hard to render patient care services in current situation where the front line resident doctors are the butt of constant abuse and attacks", Praveen Gaikwad, a postgraduate student of medicine, said.

1 min readA number of Resident Doctors of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) stage a protest against the attack on a doctor in Dhule on March 12. "We will call off the strike if security to resident doctors is enhanced", said a doctor from Sion hospital on the condition of anonymity.

The doctors are on strike due to the recent incidents of violence against doctors.

However, more than 70 percent of resident doctors across the city's biggest civic hospitals like KEM Hospital, JJ Hospital, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital and Nair Hospital have reportedly taken a "leave" today.

"Both the demands have not been addressed to our satisfaction". As per a report published by The Indian Express, Bombay High Court has asked doctors in state not to go on strike unitil the "grievance cell" that has being constituted by the government to look into their problems submits its report. "Hence, we get attacked frequently and the state authorities fail to address the issue", he added.

Nashik: A doctor and a staff nurse of Nashik Civil hospital were beaten up by irate relatives of diseased patient here on Thursday night.

He also said that Director General of Police has assured that 400 extra armed police personnel will be deployed in various hospitals for the safety of the doctors.

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