Ajit Pawar will have a special meeting with his cabinet to talk about the ongoing strike by resident doctors

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Resident doctors across Maharashtra are on strike due to various issues. The state government tried to convince the Maharashtra Association Resident Doctors (MARD) to end the strike, but the meeting didn’t succeed. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar will hold a cabinet meeting on February 25 to address the matter.

During the meeting, resident doctors from all 25 state-run medical colleges discussed their problems. Although assurances were given, the doctors decided to continue the strike until they see concrete results, as past promises have not been fulfilled.

On February 23, senior doctors managed outpatient procedures, treating 1,842 patients at JJ Hospital. Emergency care was provided by resident doctors, ensuring no patient went untreated. However, prolonged strike action could affect healthcare services.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar called for the special cabinet meeting to address demands for increased stipends and better hostel facilities for resident doctors.

Dr. Sarbik De, vice president of Central MARD, highlighted the unmet promises made by the state. Despite assurances, their concerns have been ignored. Currently, there are only 3,000 hostel facilities for over 8,000 resident doctors, and they seek salary increases to match central institute standards.