The Maharashtra government has ordered the resident doctors to report to duty by this evening or else lose six months’ salary. The order came in the wake of the strike by the doctors, continuing for three days today.
Nearly 4000 doctors have been on strike in various government and municipal hospitals since Monday demanding for security at work-place following the string of attacks on their colleagues.
As many as 500 resident doctors in medical colleges in Mumbai have been issued notices by their deans, an official from Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) said.
Also, “370 resident doctors in Nagpur, 200 in Pune and 114 in Solapur have been suspended by the deans of their respective medical colleges,” the official said.
According to the official, the protest has mainly affected the medical services of Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and general wards.
Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan ordered the resident doctors to report to duty by 8 PM today or lose their six months’ salary.
“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,” Mahajan told reporters.
“We have all the legal provisions to take such steps,” he said.
“We have assured them of providing enough security and it will be given by month-end. Now, they should resume the duty,” the minister added.
Medical services in 17 government hospitals in Maharashtra, including four in Mumbai, have been affected because of the protest.
However, the hearing on the petition filed by activist Afak Mandaviya, seeking action against the protesting doctors, was adjourned in the high court today due to the unavailability of the bench presided by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur.
The plea will be, thus, heard tomorrow.