Mumbai: The Indian Medical Association on Friday called off the doctors’ strike, which was held in in protest against the attack on their doctors by patients’ relatives. The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors earlier on Friday disassociated itself with the strike of resident doctors and filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court allowing the action to be taken against agitating doctors.
The HC had warned the striking doctors of punitive action if they do not return to work by Saturday.
The high court had on Friday lashed out at MARD for not complying with their order of calling off the strike. The resident doctors in the state are striking for the last five days in protest against the attack on their colleagues. The high court on Thursday ordered the Maharashtra government to provide security to the resident doctors following which MARD urged all resident doctors to call off their mass CL agitation immediately. Despite this, the junior doctors have not resumed their work on Friday, which prompted the court to resort to stringent measures. The high court has directed MARD to file an affidavit by 3 pm on Friday stating that Maharashtra government can take action against the doctors on strike. If MARD fails to do so then the HC can initiate contempt proceedings against MARD president and secretary, said reports. According to reports, there have been at least five attacks on resident doctors in the last one week by the disgruntled relatives of the patients.
The Bombay high court on Tuesday directed the management of government hospitals to take disciplinary action against the striking doctors.