The Bombay High Court on Thursday, ordered the striking resident doctors to resume their duties with immediate effect. The High Court in its ruling also directed the State government to take necessary steps and provide adequate security to all the government hospitals and colleges, so that the resident doctors can continue their duties without fear.
The High Court while hearing the petition, on the mass strike called by the doctors ordered no punitive action to be taken against the doctors who have resumed duties.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Association of resident Doctors (MARD), have filed an affidavit in the court stating they are ready to work, provided the government assures them about their safety.
The High Court while directing the state government observed that, only two relatives should be allowed with the patients in the hospital, and state government should appoint, 1100 security personnel with immediate effect to protect the doctors.
As Maharashtra’s Medical services are crippled, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis briefed the assembly about the strike. He said, “We have accepted all the demands raised by the resident doctors, the state government is committed to provide full scale security to the doctors. We will take corrective measures to make sure that no doctor is assaulted, and he can work without fear”
The High Court observations have come in wake of mass protest called by doctors across the state. After a spate of incidents, across the Maharashtra where doctors were assaulted, the residents had called for a mass leave crippling the state’s medical services. Medical services were paralyzed, as 40,000 Indian Medical Association (IMA) doctors, medical interns, pathologist and radiologist associations, peripheral civic hospital resident doctors and medical teachers have also joined in on the protest.