Patients suffer as 4000 doctors go on strike in Mumbai

Posted March 23, 2017

The residents, under the banner of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), submitted a memorandum to the GMCH Dean Dr Abhimanyu Niswade and pressed for their various demands including protection to them.

Last week a doctor working at Dhule Civil Hospital was allegedly beaten up by the relatives of a patient. And Jiten isn't alone - there were hundreds of patients in pain outside government hospitals in Mumbai on Monday.

On Tuesday, the High Court will hear a petition against the mass leave taken by doctors.

According to the petitioner's lawyer, 58 patients across the state have died because of the doctors' decision to go on mass leave.
Although senior doctors were handling serious or emergency cases, an estimated 400 scheduled surgeries had to be postponed on Monday. "Will the dead person's life come back if they kill the doctor, why this public anarchy, it's only madness", the court said.

Hearing the matter, the court directed the Management of Hospitals and Maharashtra government to take disciplinary action.

Seeking directions to make the resident doctors withdraw their strike, Afaq Madaviya filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL). "It's a shame. How can you (resident doctors) say first provide security only then we will work?" asked Chief Justice Chellur.

The bench also came down heavily on the relatives of patients who attack doctors. The audacious attack sparked protests by medical and doctors' associations across the country.

"There can be some cases of negligence by doctors but mistakes may occur due to allergy, reactions, but every case cannot be negligence".

"We met Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar but we have not got any concrete assurances on our physical safety while on duty", Mundada said, hinting that the protest would continue March 21.

Henceforth, only two relatives of any patient shall be permitted with special passes and those found without the valid passes shall be prosecuted, said Additional Municipal Commissioner I.A. Kundan.

Simultaneously, the MARD is filing an affidavit in the Mumbai High Court to highlight how its orders on doctors' security and related aspects have allegedly not yet been implemented by the state government. "This is where the problem begins", said a resident doctor, adding that each of the doctors has skipped work on individual basis as he or she doesn't feel safe to work after a series of attacks on doctors.