Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a stern warning to agitating doctors in the city, while addressing the state assembly this afternoon.
"This is my last appeal to the doctors to resume duties immediately. Else, the government will take strict action," he warned. The CM, in aggressive mode, called the agitating doctors 'insensitive', and alleged that they had forgotten the Hippocratic oath that binds them to treat patients at any cost.
"Do not hold us hostage any longer," Fadnavis thundered. "I agree that better security measures need to be provided and we are willing to do everything within time frame. But the doctors have forgotten that they have been educated on tax payers' money. We fell at their feet, requesting them to resume duties. They have ignored our requests, high court orders too. How much longer should we control ourselves?" he asked.
A security audit has been conducted, legal aid has been promised and written assurances given to the doctors and the medical education minister has also offered to resign in 15 days, if these assurances are not kept, Fadnavis said. Despite this, 'the insensitive doctors have refused to back down despite all their demands being met.'
"We cannot allow citizens to suffer due to this attitude. Will the doctors take responsibility if any patient were to die because of this agitation?" he questioned.
If a solution to the issue is not found at today's meeting between the doctors, the CM, the health minister and the minister for medical education, "we will initiate strict action", Fadnavis warned.
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