Mumbai: Resident doctors strike enters second day

Resident doctors attached to the JJ hospital, Mumbai, continued their strike on Sunday. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had called the protesting doctors for a meeting on Sunday, but the meeting did not yield any result. The protesting doctors have threatened that if their demands are not met by tomorrow they will stop working in the emergency department

The indefinite strike called on by the resident doctors of the state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Maharashtra, has entered into the second day of strike on Sunday. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had called the protesting doctors for a meeting, but the meeting did not yield any result and the resident doctors decided to continue their strike.

The doctors have given an ultimatum to the government, if their demands are not met, by tomorrow they will stop working in the emergency departments as well.

400 resident doctors went on strike on Saturday afternoon, after two of their colleagues were assaulted by  angry relatives of a patient.

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Dr Sarang Donarkar, President, resident doctors’ association (MARD), Sir JJ Hospital, said, “We had a meeting with Health Minister, Director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Mumbai and Dr Sudhir Nanankar, Dean, JJ Hospital. But we have decided to continue the protest, unless concrete action is taken by the government.”

He further said, “If the administration does not take satisfactory steps by tomorrow, the resident doctors will have no other option, but to stop work in the emergency department. The resident doctors are feeling unsafe and scared to work in the current environment.”