Medical services at public hospitals continue to be affected for the third consecutive day after resident doctors decide to continue to be on leave.
Nearly 4,500 resident doctors from all medical colleges continued their mass leave for the second day on Tuesday (March 21) saying they are scared to work in hostile atmosphere.
With resident doctors on leave, public hospitals suffered a huge setback in terms of patient care as outdoor patients department and elective surgeries were stopped, so that the senior doctors cannot carry out emergency surgeries.
More than 500 elective surgeries were postponed indefinitely in public hospitals in Maharashtra.
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday come down heavily on doctors participating in the mass leave and said it is a shame on the profession if doctors go on strike like factory men. It said if a doctor is afraid of being assaulted, then they should quit the profession.
The state government’s lawyer informed the court that 58 people have lost their lives due to the mass bunking of doctors.
The doctors, taking a call individually, decided to bunk work after two resident doctors from Mumbai and Aurangabad were assaulted and beaten up by angry mob of patient’s relatives. In a week’s time, five doctors were assaulted in the state.
“For the last two years, we have been assured by the administration that they will restrict number of relatives entering the hospital with the patient has been assured by the administration since 2011. Most of their assurances have been on papers,” said a resident doctor.
Resident doctors said they want to see some concrete measures before they decide to return to work. Indian Medical Association has decided to support the resident doctors and has demanded that the government should provide enough safety and security to them.
Meanwhile, resident doctors at LTMG Sion Hospital, where a polio-afflicted resident doctor was manhandled by patient’s relative earlier this week, decided to hold blood donation camp as maximum of them decided to stay on leave.
“Resident doctors do care about their patients and have come up with this noble idea of blood donation. Around 84 resident doctors have donated blood,” said a Sion Hospital resident doctor.