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Doctors across Maharashtra have gone on strike from August 07. Doctors from Mumbai’s government and civic-run hospitals also participated in the strike.

The residents from government medical colleges in Mumbai are protesting at Azad Maidan. The strike Pan Maharashtra Agitation involves more than 4000 resident doctors from all over Maharashtra.

The government has taken strong steps to deal with doctors who have gone on strike. Doctors from around 16 colleges have withdrawn their services

The main demand is for an increase in stipends of doctors which is still pending. A requirement of the amount of the stipend to be increased similar to central government institutes residents, and a proper and fixed maternity and TB leaves for residents.

The Essential Services Maintenance is an act of Parliament of India which was established to ensure the delivery of certain services, which if obstructed would affect the normal life of the people. This include services like public transport, health services.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr T P Lahane, Director of the Directorate of Medical Education, said, “If the resident doctors don’t join work by tomorrow morning, then MESMA will be imposed on them. We have fulfilled their demands. If they do not stop their strike, they will be no other option except MESMA.”

Dr Ramesh Kalshetty, Central MARD Vice President, said, “We had launched the strike for the stipend issue. The state government is considering to impose MESMA Act. We have received a government resolution. We have a meeting with the DMER today. We will decide whether to continue the strike on the basis of the meeting.”

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