After resident doctors, now medical teachers’ body gives ultimatum

MMTA, which was supporting the resident doctors’ protest on the rising assault on doctors across the state, had earlier given 48 hours deadline stating that if the demands are not met, they will resign from their post

After resident doctors, now medical teachers’ body gives ultimatum
Members of Municipal Medical Teachers Association (MMTA) protest at KEM Hospital in Parel on March 23

The resident doctors’ strike may be over, but the Municipal Medical Teachers Association (MMTA) has ensured the demands of the resident doctors on security is met in reality by the administration at the earliest by setting a new ultimatum.

MMTA, which was supporting the resident doctors’ protest on the rising assault on doctors across the state, had earlier given a 48 hours ultimatum saying if the demands are not met, they will resign from their post.

MMTA has now given the administration 15-day time to meet their demands or they will resign from their post.

“It is unanimously resolved at our meeting that as the government has given firm assurance to meet the security demands at ground level. At this juncture, we are satisfied with the ground level changes and other assurances of implementation of the security demands. We have temporarily postponed our stand of mass resignation for 15 days,” said Dr Ravindra Deokar, General Secretary, MMTA.

Among the demands put forward by MMTA included restricting entry of number of relatives at the main gate for all major civic hospitals and starting pass system for indoor patient’s relatives.

“We demand a separate beat chowky under police station to be set up inside the major civic hospitals,” said Dr Deokar. The association has also demanded for a 24×7 police action force in the premises and security guard outside emergency services, operation theatres, emergency casualty department and mortuary.

Among the important demands, MMTA also wants all patient-related works like carrying samples, call book, X-rays, patient shifting should be done by corporation staff and not relatives.

“We have also demanded for an urgent common alarm systems in each ward which will help in case of violence against doctors occur. Gates should be sealed in case of any alarm buzz,” said Dr Nitin Dange, Vice-president, MMTA.

MMTA has also asked for a medical counsellor-cum-personal relation officer to break any patient-related sad news to relatives. Medical teachers have decided to only conduct emergency services till further notice.

“We understand that the administration will take a while to meet these demands and will not happen overnight. We however think that 15 days is enough time and we hold another review meeting on March 30 to check on the same before deciding on future course of action,” said Deokar.