The protesting doctors invited the wrath of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday, which observed that their conduct was "shameful" and asked them to resign if they don't want to work. MARD disassociated itself from the strike, and informed the High Court that they don't have any objection if action is taken against the striking doctors.
It all started in Mumbai, where a resident doctor was attacked by a patient's relative, leading to all resident doctors going on strike from Monday.
A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni said if this was the "attitude" of the doctors, then the respective hospital management can initiate action against them and "terminate" their services. "Only after that we will decide the future course of action", said Dr Sagar Mundada, chairman of the youth wing of Indian Medical Association (IMA).
Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said if a doctor is attacked on duty, he will be given medical aid borne by the government.
In view of the high court's promise and orders, MARD requested all doctors to resume work immediately, Yashowardhan Kabra, MARD president, said in a statement.
During the hearing, the lawyer representing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) brought to the High Court's notice that at least 38 patients died in Sion Hospital on 23 March, 2017.
With an alarmingly low ratio of doctor to patients in India, the shortage of staff is obviously telling on doctors in terms of the pressure they are under.
A study at the government-run Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi has found that almost half of a sample of 151 doctors experienced some form of physical or verbal assaults over a 12-month period.
If the doctors on duty were attacked, the expenses for their legal and medical aid would be borne by the government, the official said.
Today, the Maharashtra government has ordered the striking doctors to report to duty by this evening or lose six months' salary. "How can we trust government after they failed us all these years?" He assured them that it was the government's responsibility to ensure their security in hospitals. But we judge the capabilities of a doctor who is suspended without finding facts. "Doctors should be given a healthy environment at the hospitals", Nadda said. "As Mr Harsh Vardhan is a qualified doctor himself, he can find out better remedies for these problems", said the letter.
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