New Delhi :
The resident doctors of Maharashtra continued their protest on sixth day despite assurance from the state government over the deployment of guards in all state-run hospitals and medical colleges. The striking doctors will meet the chief minister Devendra Fadanavis.
The Bombay high court had also asked the doctors to resume their work immediately. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni gave the directive while hearing a petition filed by activist Afak Mandaviya seeking action against the protesting doctors.
The HC had also directed the government and management of various hospitals not to take any punitive action against the resident doctors who were served notice for not resuming their duties.
Nearly 4,000 resident doctors have been striking since Monday, demanding enhanced security in the wake of a string of attacks on doctors by patients' relatives at government hospitals across the state. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis assured the attacked doctor would get medical aide borne by the state government.
The protests have been hampering the services of Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) in various hospitals. Medical services at government-run hospitals in Delhi were severely hit as over 20,000 doctors proceeded on mass casual leave in solidarity with their counterparts in Maharashtra who are protesting assaults on colleagues by kin of patients.
Resident doctors from around 40 government hospitals, including RML, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Safdarjung Hospital stayed away from work, while those at AIIMS had continued with their protest against assaults on doctors by wearing helmets at work for the second day.
A similar incident also took place in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh where the patient's relatives alleged of medical negligence. They thrashed the doctor.