Three days on, resident doctors of state-run hospitals in Maharashtra to return back to work by 8 PM today, State Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan confirmed the news. In an interview, he said, “After meeting me, doctors have agreed to resume work by 8 pm. Assured doctors that we will take strong steps for their security and measures will be in place in 15 days.” Nearly 4000 doctors have been on strike since Monday in various government and municipal hospitals. The strike was called after some doctors were assaulted by the family of the patients that were being treated. In order to come back at work, the doctors demanded security at the workplace.
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Earlier today, the doctors were ordered by the government to get back to their duties by the evening or lose six months’ salary. According to a PTI report, an official from the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) said, “As many as 500 resident doctors in medical colleges in Mumbai have been issued notices by their deans.” He added, “Also, 370 resident doctors in Nagpur, 200 in Pune and 114 in Solapur have been suspended by the deans of their respective medical colleges.”
Girish Mahajan in an ear;ier interview said, “The resident doctors should report to duty by today evening or they will lose their salary for six months. The students of post graduate courses who are serving as resident doctors will also face the action. We have all the legal provisions to take such steps.” He also said, “We have assured them of providing enough security and it will be given by month-end. Now, they should resume the duty.” The Bombay High Court on March 21 rapped the medicos while observing that their conduct was “shameful”, and asked them to resign if they don’t want to work, according to PTI reports.