Mumbai: In the hearing about the strike by the resident doctors, Bombay HC is reported to have ordered Striking Doctors to resume their duties and give some time to Government to provide them proper security . Also, Orders have been given to government to provide ample security to all government hospitals so that Doctors can work properly without fear.
The counsel for the government explained its stand, giving an assurance that 1100 armed guards will give protection to doctors across Maharashtra soon. Out of these 500 armed guards would be joining in Mumbai from 1st April, 2017 and rest 600 will join within a month
Maharashtra Association of resident Doctors on the other hand filed an affidavit in the court stating that they are always ready to join duty they just want a surety from government and administration about their safety and security
Taking note of the complaint of doctors regarding mob like attendance with certain patients, the Bombay High court further ordered the government to make it mandatory that only 2 attendants would be allowed in the hospital with any patient.
HC will gear the matter again after 15 days and access the situation and security provided by Government.
Despite doctors being arrested earlier in the week, the Bombay HC has assured that no punitive action will be taken against protesting doctors once they resume their duties.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had also requested that the doctors withdraw their strike with immediate effect, in the wake of the HC’s order. The minister has promised that strong punitive action shall be taken against those who attack doctors and the government will ensure the safety of doctors.
Resident doctors on Strike informed Medical Dialogues team that they will take a decision after written court orders come. Currently 4000 resident doctors in Maharashtra and 40,000 members associated with IMA Maharashtra branch are on an indefinite strike on the issue of security at government hospitals.