Co-Sponsor
In association with

Maharashtra doctors call off five-day old strike, evoke countrywide support from medical fraternity

Resident doctors display placards during a protest rally at the KEM hospital demanding security after an intern was assaulted by a patient's relatives, in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo by Shashank Parade(PTI3_24_2017_000088B)

The Doctors strike in Mumbai that drew had patients, mostly from the economically weaker section of the society stranded up, ended late on Friday evening. The doctors in Mumbai had been agitating against the recent string of assaults on doctors and paramedical staff. PTI

Patients wait outside the OPD at GMC hospital as resident doctors were on a strike in Nagpur on Friday. PTI Photo (PTI3_24_2017_000206B)

The strike kick-started at the Sion general hospital on Monday, after a resident doctor was beaten up by the relatives of a patient who passed away during the treatment. Later, medical practitioners from other parts of the country also joined in to show solidarity to their counterparts in Mumbai. Meanwhile, patients were the ones who had to bear the real brunt of the 5-day-long strike. This image shows people waiting outside the OPD at GMC hospital in Nagpur as resident doctors were on a strike on Friday. PTI

Patients wait outside the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital as Doctors were on strike to display solidarity with the protest of the resident doctors in Maharashtra, in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh (PTI3_24_2017_000180B)

In New Delhi too, patients were seen waiting outside Sir Ganga Ram Hospital as Doctors were on strike to display solidarity with the protest of the resident doctors in Maharashtra. PTI

Doctors shouting slogans outside the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday to express their solidarity with Maharashtra doctors' agitation. PTI Photo (PTI3_24_2017_000167B)

Doctors in Ahmedabad also protested on Friday in solidarity with the Maharashtra doctors. Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court and Maharashtra government reacted rather strongly to the prolonged protests. While Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he sympathised with the doctors and will do everything to ensure their safety at job, he said that "enough was enough" and chided the protesting doctors for dragging the whole issue. The court also directed the government at first to resolve the issue amicable but later took a tough stand as doctor refused to withdraw strike. PTI

Members of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) stage a protest at the Sangli District Civil Hospital to demand security from the government in Sangli on Friday. PTI Photo(PTI3_24_2017_000157B)

After the state government assured that steps will be taken to ensure the doctors' safety at public hospitals, Indian Medical Association withdrew from the strike on Friday Morning. However, resident doctors associated with Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) continued to stage a protest at the Sangli District Civil Hospital in Sangli and other places across Maharashtra. The strike was finally and wholly called off late on Friday evening. PTI


Published Date: Mar 25, 2017 16:51 PM | Updated Date: Mar 25, 2017 16:52 PM

Also See