Resident doctors’ strike hits medical services

In Mumbai,more than 2,000 resident doctors have joined the protest.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 3, 2014 1:23 am

Medical services in public hospitals in the city and across the state were affected Thursday,after 4,000 resident doctors in Maharashtra participated in a strike in protest against a resident doctor in Solapur being allegedly roughed up by policemen. In Mumbai,more than 2,000 resident doctors have joined the protest.

Dr R N Bharmal,dean of civic-run Nair Hospital,said the hospital had made alternate arrangements. “The out-patient department has been combined with casualty ward and senior doctors are tending to patients,” said Bharmal.

State-run J J Hospital had to utilise all its senior doctors,professors,assistant professors and medical officers for routine OPD cases. Dr Ashok Rathore,head of paediatric department,said,“Only emergency and routine cases are being catered to.” The decision to go on a state-wide strike came after Dr Prashant Patil,was allegedly thrashed by senior police inspector Arun Waikar and two constables on December 31 in Solapur’s Civil Hospital. All three policemen were suspended Thursday.

“The policemen should be booked under Doctors

Protection Act,2010,” said Medical Association of Resident Doctors president Dr Santosh Wakchaure.

Patil works at Dr VM Government Medical College. Hospital dean Dr Ashok Shinde said further course of action would be decided after the police investigation was completed.

The incident took place after Waikar asked Patil to assist a pregnant patient in delivery. Patil had reportedly refused because he was tending to another injured patient.

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