Taking a stern stand against the doctors on strike, the Maharashtra government suspended thousands of doctors across Maharashtra on Wednesday (March 22).
The state government has issued notices to the doctors who are on mass leave after the Bombay High Court, while hearing the matter on Tuesday (March 21), came down heavily on doctors and also pulled up the state government for not taking any action against them.
State Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan said, “If doctors fail to report by 8pm today, we will deduct their 6 months’ pay. To take action against the doctors, we can invoke MESMA under Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act.”
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Nagpur Medical College Dean Dr Abhimanyu Niswade said, “We had given notices to doctors to resume work on Tuesday evening or on Wednesday morning, but they did not. So, as per the government orders, we have suspended 310 resident doctors.”
Similar actions are being taken across the state. In Solapur, 114 doctors were issued notices.
Dr Rajaram Pawar, Dean, Solapur College, said, “We have issued notices to doctors and if they fail to report today, then they will be expelled.”
The impact of the state order is being felt in Mumbai too wherein civic hospitals will be issuing similar notices to doctors on strike.
“We are in the process of issuing suspension order to around 1,300 resident doctors in KEM, Nair and Sion Hospital,” said Dr Avinash Supe, Director of Major Civic Hospitals.
But, as doctors’ strike continues on the third day too, medical services in Maharashtra continue to remain shut.