Despite long meetings with state Education Minister Vinod tawde, over 4,000 doctors, associated with the Medical Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), the body regulating resident doctors in Maharashtra, have decided to go ahead with an indefinite strike, starting Thursday. The decision comes despite several hours long meeting with medical education minister Vinod Tawde Wednesday evening.
According to Dr Sagar Mundada, President of MARD, the minister gave only verbal assurances to solve our problems. “We demanded a written assurance or government resolution on our demands. Since the ministry was not willing to immediately provide either, we decided to continue with our decision to go on strike,” he said.
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All public hospitals are likely to face a huge hit starting Thursday with resident doctors adamant to not even provide emergency medical services to the patients. The indefinite strike shall continue until all the 10 demands are met with.
The 10 demands put up by the doctors concern their bond period, leaves and stipend issues. The MARD has requested the ministry to provide two months of paid leaves to pregnant doctors. Additionally, they also demanded that post-graduates specialising in a particular field must be posted during their bond service in the same department. Services such as out-patient department, emergency ward, and surgical procedures are likely to be affected due to the strike.