Doctors on strike: Expulsion, protest and a midnight drama

Meeting the doctors on strike, Mumbai Mayor said they should end strike, and resume duties as patients are suffering

Doctors on strike: Expulsion, protest and a midnight drama
Doctors on the street

As the striking resident doctors are not ready to give up their fight, the state government has begun stern action against them. After the talks failed, the doctors strike is set to escalate, and the state has started crckdown against the doctors.

In a midnight drama, which unfolded late evening on Wednesday and continued till wee hours of Thursday morning, the states machinery and the striking doctors remained at loggerheads.

Timeline:

March 22, 8pm: After the state’s deadline got over, administration started serving explusion notices to striking resident doctors

March 22, 9pm: One more doctor from Sion Hospital, Dr Manasi Patil, alleged she was manhandled and a video, in which she narrates her ordeal, was circulated. Hospital administration intervened immediately and no case was registered.

Around midnight: Striking doctors form KEM hospital, assembled at the basketball court protesting the attack on Sion hospital doctor and Sion hospital doctors found themselves on roads. 

March 23, 3am: Striking doctors who were sitting on the road went inside the hospital premises.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM Hospital, said, “As per government’s order, doctor who have not resumed duties after 8pm on Wednesday, will be expelled, and the process is on.”

Doctors on strike: Expulsion, eviction and a midnight drama
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Meanwhile, a very senior functionary, from MARD speaking to My Medical Mantra on the condition on anonymity said, “MARD has failed to convince the junior resident doctors, about the meeting which they had with government. New resident doctors have no faith in MARD as a body. They are on a verge of an emotional collapse, and rahther having faith on MARD, they are ready to face court’s contempt.”

Administration is in process of expelling, KEM and Sion Doctors. But, JJ hospital Dean, Tatyarao Lahane said, “We have issued notices to striking doctors, as of now no one has been expelled, we will wait till today evening before taking final decision.”

According to sources, around 2000 resident doctors have been served expulsion notice so far. Of which 1200 doctors are from Mumbai, and rest 500 are from all over Maharashtra. Administration has begun process of evicting the doctors from their hostel rooms as well.

Meanwhile, action against the striking doctors has begun across Maharashtra as well. In Pune, 270 odd doctors, and in Kolhapur 200 doctors were served suspension notices.