Resident doctors at Sassoon hospital call off strike

Pune: The resident doctors of Sassoon Hospital had gone on two day strike called by the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD). In the state-wide strike about 7,000 postgraduate students of 23 government run medical colleges had participated.

During the strike these resident doctors had not rendered the services to outpatients, admitted patients except emergency and ICU service.

From the BJ medical college attached to Sassoon hospital 600 resident doctors were part of the strike. However, during the strike the hospital administration had made sure to provide services to patients.

Dr Kiran Ghuge, Secretary of MARD, said, “We have called back our strike yesterday, after the government assured us to fulfill the demand. Accordingly, we will get a dearness allowance, the vacant posts of senior doctors will be filled, we will be getting funds for our hostels to deans of colleges and accordingly the work of construction will start, the salary increment will be given to senior doctors.”

The strike was called for fulfillment of various demands. The official statement issued by MARD states, “Total 1,432 senior doctors posts should be filled, this matter is pending with the government which should be addressed immediately to secure the future of resident doctors. Many assistant professor positions are vacant, affecting both resident doctors and undergraduate medical students. Salary inconsistency among resident doctors should be removed, and all senior resident doctors should be paid equally. According to the 2018 Government Resolution (GR), dearness allowance shall also be granted to doctors from throughout the country.”

Mrunal Jadhav

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