Published On : Sat, Nov 17th, 2018

MARD puts State Govt on notice over medicine shortage, warns of stir

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Nagpur: The Central Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) is gearing up to corner State Government over acute shortage of medicines being faced by GMCH and Mayo Hospital in city. Taking a serious view of the matter, MARD has shot a 15-demand letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and warned of ‘Rasta Roko’ agitation if their demands are not met by December 20.

The letter sent to Chief Minister has been signed by Central MARD President Lokeshkumar Chirvatkar, Secretary Vinay Bajaj and other doctors. The MARD letter said, “There is vast gap between demands of government hospitals and supply on medicine front. The acute shortage of medicines poses enormous hardships not only to patients but resident doctors as well.”

MARD further demanded that the State Government should set up a state-level audit committee and its report should be posted on the government website every six months. Shortage of medicines had led to beating of resident doctors in Mumbai’s JJ Hospital and Aurangabad Hospital. Moreover, the system to provide passes to the relatives of patients in government hospitals in Nagpur, Yavatmal and Akola has not been implemented even after one and a half year. The alarm system at JJ, Akola Hospital, Mayo Hospital and Latur Hospital has not been activated as yet, MARD said in its letter.

The resident doctors demanded an independent probe into all these aspects. The MARD has also demanded Rs 15,000 hike in stipend.