Maharashtra doctors strike: Few resume work, health services remain paralysed

MARD had in a statement requested all of the 40,000 Indian Medical Association doctors, who had gone on strike across the state to protest against lack of security, to resume work immediately.

After the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) on Thursday urged all resident doctors to call off their four-day-long agitation and resume work, only a few have joined in Mumbai.

MARD had in a statement requested all of the 40,000 Indian Medical Association doctors, who had gone on strike across the state to protest against lack of security, to resume work immediately.

"It's an individual level strike not under MARD's banner, but with due respect to the High Court, Chief Minister and Medical Education Minister we requested our fellow resident doctors to join, now it's every individuals decision," MARD said.

MARD, whose around 4,000 members were on mass casual leave since Monday in all public hospitals, also filed an affidavit to say the resident doctors were prepared to work but the government and hospital administrations should assure them of safety and security.

Indian Medical Association, whose members went on strike in support of resident doctors, will decide about their stand after meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who they have sought an audience with at 2 pm today.

The Full Time Medical Teachers Association of Mumbai is also expected to clear its stand about the strike after the meeting. On Thursday it had given an ultimatum of 48-hours to the government to accept their demands or else they will tender mass resignations.

FTMTA, with more than 1200 members across the city, had extended its support to resident doctors who are protesting against the attack on doctors since the last three days.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had on Thursday appealed to resident doctors in the state to call off their strike and assured them that the government would ensure their security in hospitals. The Bombay High Court too has asked the state to not undertake punitive action against the doctors if they resume work.