Bombay HC, CM Fadnavis ask doctors to resume duties, promise security

Maharashtra’s doctors are going back to work today after being chided by the Bombay High Court

"The court has asked the doctors to return to duties and concurrently ordered the state government to allow only one caregiver of the patient and to entrust armed policemen at the main entrance of the particular departments of the hospital", Rahul Rotala, the counsel representing the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, told ANI.

Patient services at many Delhi hospitals were affected on Thursday as resident doctors skipped duty in a show of solidarity for their colleagues in Maharashtra who have been on strike for the past four days demanding better security.

Among them are 350 doctors from Sion hospital, where the attack on a doctor by a patient's relatives had triggered the strike.

The Bombay High Court stepped in to end the stir and directed the resident doctors to resume work immediately even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis mooted a panel to resolve security issues in state-run hospitals.

The court came heavily on the protesting doctors and asked its representative body the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) to ask all doctors to resume their duties immediately else it would be contempt of court as the doctors organisation has given an undertaking that it would not go on strike.

The protesting doctors have also received support from the Indian Medical Association. 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.

In addition, doctors are calling for more security personnel and strict enforcement of the Doctors' Protection Act, which provides up to three years' imprisonment for violence against doctors. "As soon as we received the copy, we issued directives to all protesting doctors". "The doctors are on leave from Monday".

Bombay High Court chief justice Manjula Chellur had on Tuesday said: 'If you (doctors) do not want to work, then resign. The situation is going out of control as over 40,000 junior doctors joined 4,000 colleagues who are already on strike in the state on Wednesday.

Doctors on protest are ready to join duty.

Resident doctors in Delhi went on mass casual leave in solidarity with a similar move by their Maharashtra counterparts over rising cases of assault on doctors by patients' kin. Meanwhile, Additional Municipal Commissioner IA Kundan has said only two relatives of any patient shall be permitted with special passes. He also made a fervent appeal to the striking resident doctors to get back to work and serve the public.

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