Services in govt hospitals hit as doctors go on mass leave

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"Doctors are willing to join their services once the state government fulfils the court's undertakings for their protection", he added.

Meanwhile, another attack on a resident doctor was attacked by a patient's relative at the city's Sion Hospital.

Both civic hospitals and Girish Mahajan, Maharashtra's minister for medical education, have responded to the demand for the increase of number guards, but Mahajan has also issued an ultimatum to doctors to return to work.

The High Court Chief Justice further asked the government that no punitive action was to be taken against the protesting doctors once they resume their duty.

The bench also directed all hospital management to not take any disciplinary action against the protesting doctors.

Over the last three days, there has been at least five attacks on resident doctors, Sagar Mundada, state President of Indian Medical Association (Youth) told reporters.

They said they are extending support to a call by Delhi Medical Association for "OPD bandh".

'The incident at Maharashtra is so grim that instead of providing security to resident doctors at their workplace, Maharashtra government is threatening them.

Speaking to Medical Dialogues team, Dr Durga Shankar Meena, Vice President, FORDA, said, " We show full solidarity with the resident doctors protest in Maharashtra.

Federation of Resident Doctors' Association later gave a call for mass casual leave across public hospitals on Thursday.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said if a doctor is attacked on duty, he will be given medical aid borne by the government. "The State has enacted special laws to protect them".

Healthcare services were hampered in the national capital because of the mass leave, but the resident doctors on emergency duty turned up for work. "You (doctors) resume work and see if everything is done as assured by the government".

FORDA is an umbrella body of all residents doctors in Delhi.

After treating patients while wearing helmets to show support to their Maharashtra counterparts, around 40,000 resident doctors in Delhi on Thursday have made a decision to go on a mass leave.

The brutal assault on Dr Rohan Mamorkar, a resident doctor at Dhule Civil Hospital on 14 March, is what sparked this whole mess.

The High Court, where a petition is asking the doctors to join work is pending, will hear the matter again today.

The situation was no different for patients at BYLNair Hospital in Mumbai Central.