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
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
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 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
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
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Updated Date: Mar 25, 2017 16:52:22 IST