Resident doctors resumed duty on Saturday, but said services at medical colleges and peripheral hospitals in the city will be fully functional only from Sunday. During the strike, doctors attended only to emergency cases.
Dr Avinash Supe, dean, KEM Hospital, Parel, said the hospital’s out patient department (OPD) treated 150 to 200 patients a day during the strike. The hospital treated about 1,400 patients on Saturday.
More than 70 patients were admitted to the hospital, while the emergency ward attended to 131 patients. Dr Supe said more than 110 surgeries were performed at the hospital.
Dr Ramesh Bharmal, dean of B Y L Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central, said doctors resumed work on Saturday morning.
“Residents started OPD work and we didn’t have to postpone any surgeries. All of our resident doctors have returned. Our OPD and ward level services will start functioning with full strength on Sunday,” said Dr Bharmal.
A resident doctor from Sion Hospital said he expects the changes proposed by state to be implemented by the promised deadlines. “There have been multiple strikes in the past. Each time, we were given assurances that were not fulfilled later. We hope we achieved our goal this time,’ said the doctor.
Resident doctors had refused to resume work even after groups such as the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors and Indian Medical Association asked them to.
The doctors had demanded that security at hospitals be stepped up. However, after the Bombay high court hearing and notifications from the medical education ministry, the doctors called off protests. “The fight is unrelated to IMA or MARD, it’s about our personal rights,” said a resident doctor, LTMG Hospital.