Maharashtra Doctors Strike: Doctors in midnight huddle after association’s request

Mumbai: On Day 4 of the state-wide strike by resident doctors of government-run hospitals, there seemed a ray of hope for the thousands of patients. At the time of going to press, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has asked all its members across the state to get back to work immediately.

The breakthrough came after a high court order that asked the state government to take security measures for doctors in Maharashtra.

A meeting of resident doctors is scheduled past midnight where a decision on whether to end the strike would be taken.

Earlier in the day, the Devendra Fadnavis regime was served with an ultimatum. The docs said that not only will they continue with the cease-work, but also tender “mass resignations” if their demands are not met.

What’s more, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday reiterated its support for the junior doctors and its members would join a silent march in Mumbai on Friday.

The resident doctors said they were giving a 48-hour ultimatum to the government on the security issues to be addressed. If nothing is done, we will resign en masse.”

On Thursday, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis made an appeal to the striking doctors to get back to work. He assured them that their problems will be sorted out.

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