Maha doctors call off strike, resume duties

The decision to end the protest was made late last night after several rounds of meetings held individually at medical colleges after High Court rapped them. CM Devendra Fadnavis assured that all their demands will be fullfilled at the earliest

Despite High Court order, resident doctors to continue strike
Around 40,000 doctors were on strike for five days after incidents of doctors being assaulted were reported from across Maharashtra

Ending their five-day-long protest on rising assaults on doctors in the state, resident doctors from 14 medical colleges in Maharashtra resumed work at 8 am today.

The decision to end the protest was made late last night after several rounds of individual meetings were held in medical colleges after High Court rapped them and CM Devendra Fadnavis assured that all their demands will be fullfilled at the earliest.

The Court and administration had assured that no punitive action will be taken against any resident doctor who resumes work today (March 25) at 8 am.

Unlike the earlier resident doctors’ strike, this time the protest happened on an individual resident doctor level and wasn’t called by the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD).

Indian Medical Association (IMA), Maharashtra, which supported the agitation and went on indefinite strike too, called off doctors’ strike in the state, after meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday (March 24) afternoon. At least, 40,000 doctors, along with medical teachers, medical interns, pathologists and radiologists associations, had gone on indefinite strike to support protesting resident doctors.

“IMA had a successful talk with CM Devendra Fadnavis, Minister of Health Dr Deepak Sawant, Minister of Medical Education Girish Mahajan and Minister of State for Home Affairs Dr Ranjit Patil. All our demands have been met. We are therefore calling off the strike,” said Dr Shivkumar Utture, Treasurer, IMA.