Following the mass leave by doctors across the state, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday ordered all resident doctors to resume their duties immediately and asked them to "resign and sit at home" if they felt threatened.
Aurangabad: The recent spurt in attack on doctors and medical staff at government hospitals and the administration's inability to deal with the nuisance has not gone down well with the city-based doctors.An intern doctor, Vivek Badge, was allegedly manhandled by relatives of a patient at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Sunday night, sparking angry reactions from the community of resident doctors. "How are we expected to deliver quality treatment to patients?" asked a resident doctor at a press conference on Tuesday, organised by the Indian Medical Association.
When MARD's representative argued that it had not called for a strike and that individual doctors had chosen to protest by taking leaves, the bench told the association that it would take "necessary action" against the striking doctors.
Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar has urged resident doctors to call off their strike as soon as possible failing which action will be taken against them.
When MARD lawyer Prashant Pophale told the court that there have been three incidents wherein relatives of patients have brutally beaten up doctors on duty, the chief justice termed it "madness" and wondered, "Why the public anarchy?" The PIL said that the strike was causing severe hardships to poor patients who couldn't afford visiting private hospitals.
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Resident doctors also weighed upon the fact that the government has not fulfilled their promise of providing armed security guards.
Hearing a petition seeking action against the protesting doctors, filed by social activist Afak Mandaviya, a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni said the hospital management concerned should initiate action against the doctors. Several thousands of patients were deprived of medicare though senior doctors and others handled serious or emergency cases, but an estimated 400 scheduled surgeries had to be postponed on Monday.
"The current spate of attacks on resident doctors is worrisome". Every case can not be due to negligence.
Implementation of Doctor Protection Act 2010 to avoid such instances in future.
Over 4,000 resident doctors have been staying away from work since yesterday demanding better security for them at hospitals in the wake of a string of attacks on them.