Resident doctors call off strike in Maharashtra after assurance from government

The striking doctors called off their strike in Maharashtra on Friday.

Mumbai: The doctors affiliated to Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) called off their strike on Friday.

They called off the strike after 80-90% of their demands were accepted by the Maharashtra government, as per ANI.

MARD president Sagar Mundada told PTI that the association received a written assurance from medical education minister Vinod Tawde that 80 to 90 per cent of the demands would be fulfilled in a "time-bound" manner.

"The government is positive to our demand that the bond service (the mandatory service resident doctors have to do) should be given in their area of speciality and if that does not happen in 45 days, they should be relieved of the bond," Mundada said.

For the demand of paid leaves for resident doctors who contract TB while treating patients and maternity leave for female resident doctors, Mundada said the government will write to the Medical Council of India and pursue it.

Over 4,000 resident doctors in Maharashtra, demanding certain amenities from the government, had gone on strike.

Today was the second day of the strike.

Most hospitals in Mumbai, including the state run JJ, Nair, Sion and KEM had reportedly deployed senior doctors to handle the situation, while lecturers and other doctors had been asked to work extra hours so that patients do not face inconvenience.

(With Agency inputs)

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