As the demands of resident doctors are not being met, the Maharashtra State Resident Doctors Association (MARD) has called an indefinite strike from February 7 i.e. Wednesday.
As 450 resident doctors of the medical college will participate in this strike, there is a possibility of disruption of patient care across the state. The resident doctors have demanded better hostel accommodation, a hike in stipend, and clearance of arrears.
As per further information from a press release of Maharashtra State Resident Doctors Association (MARD), “We had a meeting with Minister of Medical Education (Maharashtra) Hasan Mushrif, Secretary of Medical Education & Drugs Department (MEDD), Commissioner of Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER), Director of DMER, Joint Secretary, Finance Department, representatives of Finance Department and Accounts in Mantralaya.”
The press release further reads, “We explained our demands in depth to the Minister who was positive and told us that he will do the needful to resolve our issues. However, resident doctors of Maharashtra have repeatedly been given only dry verbal assurances for the last one year. Neither any concrete solution was provided nor any precise timeline was specified for our issues to be resolved.”
Also, “Due to the repeated and inconclusive nature of the outcome of the meeting, resident doctors of the state have unanimously decided to stand firm on our decision to go on a Pan Maharashtra indefinite strike starting from 7th February, 5 pm.”
Additionally, “As a responsible citizen and a doctor, we are extremely apologetic for the potential hampered patient care during the strike. Hence, all emergency services will remain functional during the strike. However, the responsibility of any hampered patient care will solely lie upon the Government.”