With doctors not returning to their duties for the second consecutive day today in Maharashtra, who have gone on a mass leave, the Bombay High Court have slammed them saying they were not fit to be doctors, a ‘Times Now’ report has said. Around 4,000 resident doctors have not joined working since yesterday, demanding better security arrangements in the hospitals. Because of this, the medical services mainly the Out Patient Departments (OPDs) have badly affected in the state, a senior official of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) said.
He, however said that the emergency health services, including those of accidents patients, surgeries were eing provided by senior doctors in different hospitals of the state.The resident doctors have been protesting against recent incidents, including in Dhule and Sion hospital in Mumbai, in which patients relatives had attacked doctors. Last night, a meeting was held between Maharashtra Principal Secretary for Medical Education, Rajagopal Devara and representatives of the resident doctors, which failed to resolve the present crisis in the state. The MARD has officially distanced itself for doctors decision not to join the duty.
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A resident doctor from Sion hospital said that the number of relatives coming with patients to government-run hospitals should be restricted as the crowd hampers the medical services of hospitals, putting pressure on doctors. Earlier, the resident doctors association had assured the High Court that it would not go for strikes and only hold demonstrations in a peaceful manner.
(With inputs from PTI)