In a recent update, Mumbai Mayor V Mahadeshwar has asked all doctors to end their strike and return to work by the evening. Speaking to ANI, Mahadeshwar said, “I appeal to all protesting doctors to resume work by evening, if not then authority will take legal action against them.” However, the defiant medics have refused to end their protest.The Mayor has also informed that DG Police has said to deploy 400 extra armed forces in various hospitals.
The medical fraternity across Maharashtra has stopped reporting to duty from Sunday as a protest against recent incidents of violence on doctors. 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. This was another case of violence against doctors after the recent Dhule incident, which took place on March 14. However, Dean of the KEM Hospital, Dr. Avinash Supe had earlier assured that they are making all emergency arrangements so that patients do not suffer due to the ongoing protest.
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So far, the Maharashtra Police has taken nine people under custody who were accused of beating up a doctor in a hospital at Dhule by a patient’s relatives, allegedly due to delay in treatment. Three FIRs were also filed in connection with the case. In a similar incident on March 13, a video footage of a doctor being brutally beaten up at a government hospital went viral on social media, showing a crowd, which included relatives of patients. 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.
(With inputs from agencies)