Even after the Bombay High Court (HC) ordered the protesting resident doctors in Maharashtra to resume work, resident doctors have decided to continue their agitation and remain on leave for the fifth day.
Nearly 4,500 resident doctors from all medical colleges went on an indefinite leave saying they are scared to work in a hostile situation.
The administration has decided to go slow on punitive actions against the protesting doctors after HC asked them to resume work and said no punitive action will be taken on them.
“Resident doctors are yet to resume work. As per the Court order, we will go slow with punitive action and try speaking to the doctors instead,” said Dr Avinash Supe, Director of major civic hospitals. The state government on Wednesday (March 22) had decided to take stern action against the doctors on strike and the administration had started the process of expelling them.
Meanwhile, public hospitals suffered huge setbacks in terms of patient care as outdoor patients department (OPDs) and elective surgeries were stopped so that the senior doctors can carry out emergency surgeries.
“We are yet to receive the order from the court. Till then, we will continue to be on leave,” said a resident doctor.