Mumbai: The Bombay High Court slamming on doctors who were on massive leave since March 20. The Court on Tuesday ordered resident doctors to resume work immediately or face the action. The Court also said, if they feel threatened, then resign and sit at home.
The Court on Monday hearing public interest ligitation (PIL) filed against the doctors strike due to which the patients has not been receiving proper treatment. Advocate Datta Mane, representing the petitioners, told the court that since Monday morning 58 people have died in the state. Although Chief Justice Chellur did not believe this situation was due to the strike but the state government, told the court that the health care in civic and state-run hospitals was paralysed due to 60 per cent of its workforce not reporting to work.
On hearning the plea the Bombay High Court slammed on protesting doctors and asked its representative body, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), to ask all doctors to resume their duties immediately.
The court also added that continued protests might result in contempt of court as the doctors’ association had in 2016 given an undertaking that it would not go on strike. It further also directed the Maharashtra government and hospital management to initiate contempt action against resident doctors who continued to remain on strike, adding that the doctors can resign if they don’t want to work.
After the recent attacks on doctors in Dhule, Nashik and Mumbai, the residents doctors were on strijke. In the recent incident ,doctor was beaten by the deceased patient’s relatives at Sion Hospital on Friday.
Medical services in 17 government hospitals in Maharashtra, including four in Mumbai, were severely affected because of the strike.