Doctors Strike: IMA and MARD disown agitating members, CM warns of action

Mumbai : Despite Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) calling off the strike, junior resident doctors have refused to withdraw from the agitation and said they would speak to their lawyers before arriving at a decision.

While IMA decided to call off the agitation after meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday, MARD had on Thursday night asked all resident doctors to resume work.

Earlier in the day, Fadnavis gave an ultimatum to striking resident doctors to resume duty or face legal action even as the Bombay High Court gave the state-run hospitals an option to terminate their services. “Enough is enough. If the doctors fail to resume work, government will not sit quietly,” Fadnavis said,

“We are not calling off the strike until we see anything happening on the ground. Our representatives will meet the chief minister and after that a final decision will be taken,” a junior resident said.

IMA secretary Parthiv Sanghvi said, “A very fruitful discussion took place between the association and the government of Maharashtra. All the 40,000 doctors have reported back to work immediately after the meeting.”

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