Nagpur: Strike withdrawn, doctors resume their duty

The resident doctors of Government Medical College (GMC) Nagpur have joined their duties again. In the series of meetings Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) assured Directorate of Medical Education (DMER) to call off the strike. After this DMER issued a letter to the Dean of GMC Nagpur to let the suspended doctors join back on the work

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This happened on the backdrop of the fact that 350 resident doctors of GMC Nagpur were suspended a day before. As a part of their protest against lack of security in the hospital premises, the doctors were on mass leave. The hospital administration sent a suspension notice to them.

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Talking about the decision, Dr Pravin Shingare, Director, DMER said, “We have asked the doctors to resume their duty immediately.”

DMER has written a letter to the dean of government medical college Nagpur ordering him to take suspended doctors back on work.  But, the government hasn’t clarified its role about doctors’ suspension.

Dr Pradeep Kaswan, President MARD, Nagpur medical college said, “Government has accepted our demands. Owing to which, all the doctors have resumed their duty.”

High power committee is constituted to take a decision regarding the demands of MARD and the doctors’ security and construction. The committee has been restructured. Additional chief secretary, home, will be the chairman of this committee.

Committee’s work:

  • Give advice on doctors’ safety and the demands of resident doctors
  • Guidance for structural audit of old buildings
  • Guidance for appointing project management consultants for new construction
  • Suggesting fire safety measures in the hospital