Resident Doctors’ strike: HC asks govt what steps it has taken to redress grievances of doctors

Over 4,000 resident doctors from public medical colleges across Maharashtra had gone on strike last week.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:July 7, 2015 12:47 am
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The state government was Monday asked to inform the Bombay High Court Monday what redressal mechanism it had set up to deal with the grievances of resident doctors.

Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A K Menon were hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking action against the resident doctors who had gone on strike on July 2 but called it off the next day.

Over 4,000 resident doctors from public medical colleges across Maharashtra had gone on strike last week protesting against what they termed the state’s “indifference” towards their demands for better pay, security and fixed work hours. They called off the strike after a majority of their demands were accepted by the government.

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“The court would like to know what mechanism has been set up by the state government to look into the grievances of resident doctors,” asked the court.

According to the PIL filed by an activist, Afak Anwar Mandaviya, in August 2012, he had filed a petition earlier also when the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had proposed to go on strike, adding that the court had then issued directions to the state to take appropriate measures to set up a redressal cell to address the grievances of resident doctors.

“The state government was asked to take necessary remedial steps to resolve the controversy. The court had also categorically warned MARD that they should not indulge in such kind of activities in the future,” said the PIL.

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