Resident doctors' strike called off

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 08:08 hrs

Mumbai: After getting assurances from top state health as well as civic officials over security arrangements in hospitals, more than 1,700 resident doctors in Maharashtra called off their four-day strike late last night and resumed work.

The resident doctors were on an indefinite strike since Thursday after few doctors were physically assaulted by the patients' relatives at Sion Hospital in Mumbai and CGHS in Aurangabad.

Last evening, the resident doctors had a detailed meeting with the Maharashtra Health secretary I S Chahal, Director of Directorate of Medical Education and Research Dr P S Shingare and Deans of medical colleges including J J Hospital, Sion Hospital and KEM Hospital over the security issues.

"The DMER has agreed to set up a security committee for each hospital within seven days and they shall review the requirements of each hospital," Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) representatives said.

"Since we got the assurance and also in view of the inconvenience caused to patients, we joined our duties after 8.30 pm yesterday," Dr Yogesh Pawar, MARD President of Sion Hospital told PTI today.

"We also had a positive talk with Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Subodh Kumar on Saturday. Shingare has also assured that the problems related with steep hike in college fees and better hostel facilities will be looked into," he said.

Patients at various hospitals had hardships during the strike period. Departmental heads at various hospitals said over 50 per cent of their scheduled surgeries had to be postponed.

Police have also arrested those who had assaulted the doctors in Mumbai as well as in Aurangabad.

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