MUMBAI: After meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today, Secretary of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dr Parthiv Sanghvi asserted that they have promised to fulfil demands of providing adequate security in all hospitals.
“It was a fruitful discussion. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has promised to fulfil our demands of providing adequate security. We were also briefed about the steps the government is undertaking to make sure that such violent attacks don’t occur in hospitals again,” Sanghvi said.
Sanghvi further stated that they regret the deaths that happened during the strike, but there was no other way to hold the protest as two or three doctors were beaten up every day.
“We regret the deaths that happened during the strike, but we had no other way to hold the protests as two or three doctors everyday were getting beaten up. Fadnavis has assured us more security in 16 hospitals in the coming 10 days,” he added.
Earlier in the day, following the warning issued by the high court, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) earlier in the day assured that they would return to work by 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Disassociating itself from the strike, MARD had through an affidavit told the high court that they don’t have any objection if action is taken against the agitating doctors.
Earlier in the day, MARD continued the strike due to not receiving a certified copy of the high court’s order.
The association yesterday asserted that the doctors on strike were ready to join back after the high court assured to provide armed police personnel for their security.
The high court yesterday ordered the doctors on strike to resume their duties and give some time to the government for providing them proper security.
The high court also ordered the state government to provide security at all government hospitals so that the doctors could work without fear.
It ordered that no punitive action should be taken against the protesting doctors once they resumed their duties.