Mumbai: Continuing the strike over the doctors assault for a third day, 4000 resident doctors across 17 government hospitals in Maharashtra, including four in Mumbai, continued their mass Casual Leave today.
He, however said that the emergency health services, including those of accidents patients, surgeries were eing provided by senior doctors in different hospitals of the state.The resident doctors have been protesting against recent incidents, including in Dhule and Sion hospital in Mumbai, in which patients relatives had attacked doctors.
A senior official of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) said the medical services in the Out Patient Departments (OPDs) were primarily affected in the absence of resident doctors.
Patients have crowded outside the Sion hospital and are denied medical facilities.
Pophale pointed out to the court that the doctors are not on strike but only on mass leave and as an association, they have been telling the doctors not to do so.
When MARD lawyer Prashant Pophale told the court that there have been three incidents wherein relatives of patients have brutally beaten up doctors on duty, the chief justice termed it "madness" and wondered, "Why the public anarchy?" But doctors refused to budge till some of their demands in terms of security were implemented immediately.
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The court also directed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led government and the civic body to provide adequate security to doctors in all hospitals across Mumbai and Maharashtra. But every case can not be due to negligence.
Seeking directions to make the resident doctors withdraw their strike, Afaq Madaviya filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
Resident doctors also weighed upon the fact that the government has not fulfilled their promise of providing armed security guards. "One, the authorities concerned ensure our security, we would be ready to resume our work", a representative said, preferring anonymity, announcing that medicos would continue to be on en masse leave until a decision is made.
Moving forward, the government will issue special visiting passes for only two relatives per patient.
Dr Singhvi said the Doctors' Protection Act, 2010, has stringent provisions, but the act has not been used widely by the police in cases of violence against doctors. An intern and a resident doctor were looking after him when the latter got a medical call.