Bombay High Court to hear junior doctors plea

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The court also directed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to provide adequate security to doctors in all hospitals all over Mumbai and Maharashtra. (PTI)

The Bombay High Court will on Wednesday hear the junior doctors’ mass leave matter. The High Court yesterday asked the doctors to resume their duties immediately. The court came heavily on the protesting doctors and asked its representative body the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) to ask all doctors to resume their duties immediately else it would be contempt of court as the doctors organisation has given an undertaking that it would not go on strike.

The court also directed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to provide adequate security to doctors in all hospitals all over Mumbai and Maharashtra. The doctors are on strike due to the recent incidents of violence against them. This protest comes in the wake of attack on one of the doctors by a patient’s relatives earlier on Saturday.

Health services were paralysed in Maharashtra for the second day on Tuesday as resident doctors in government hospitals stayed away demanding security at work place, prompting the Bombay High Court to rebuke them for the “shameful” conduct.

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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. The protesting doctors yesterday had invited wrath of the Bombay High Court, which observed that their conduct was “shameful” and asked them to resign if they don’t want to work.

“If you (doctors) do not want to work, then resign. You are not factory workers that you will resort to such protests. Shame on you. How can doctors behave in such a manner?” HC Chief Justice Manjula Chellur asked.

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.

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