City doctors continue protest for fifth day, patients suffer

    City doctors continue protest for fifth day, patients suffer
    Mumbai  -  

    Resident doctors across the city as well as doctors affiliated to various associations of the Indian Medical Association are in no mood to relent.

    The agitation entered the fifth day on Friday as OPDs in civic as well as private hospitals stayed closed, doctors decided not to perform elective surgeries. Only emergency treatment and operations are being provided in most major hospitals in the city. 

    While the high court has ordered the resident doctors to resume duties, the government has asked for time to be able to provide adequate security measures to the agitating doctors. For the last four days, resident doctors have struck work following a spate of attacks on them by irate relatives of patients.

    On 23 March HC asked the doctors to call off the strike and resume the services but doctors have not budged. Following the HC order, the chief minister too requested the doctors to resume the services, but to no avail. Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) also asked doctors to call off the strike but the latter are in no mood to give up the strike.

    Today, a silent march will be held from the Juhu branch of the Indian Medical Association to the Juhu police station, with several doctors in attendance.

    Medical college teachers, numbering over 1200, too have supported the agitation, saying they will stop working if the doctors' demands are not met within 48 hours.

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    Doctors across Maharashtra are showing solidarity by joining resident doctors’ strike. Initially, doctors asked for the letter which stated that the state will meet their demands. However, even after getting a letter, doctors are still continuing their protest. Amidst all this chaos, patients continue to suffer for want of regular medical services. 

    OPDs in hospitals like Jupiter, Apollo, Criticare and Kohinoor have been shut for the last two days.

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