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Doctors' strike in Mumbai enters sixth day

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued termination orders to 150 doctors of the municipal hospitals.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 15:19 IST

The strike by resident doctors, to highlight their various demands entered the sixth day on Saturday.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued termination orders to 150 doctors of the municipal hospitals.

The doctors affiliated to Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) have been demanding better security and stipend among other things.

MARD vice-president Dr Nitin Ghosiwade said that they would continue the strike till the state government gave written assurance on security and enhanced stipend.

Meanwhile, in all the municipal hospitals and government hospitals, the senior faculty members of the hospital are attending the patients and the hospitals are taking only emergency cases, the hospital sources said.

"We are ready to accept any action taken against us by the government as we want assurances on the issues", Ghosiwade said.

"Our demands are simple and small ones and are all in the interest of the public," he said adding that "We have decided to continue the strike till our demands are fulfilled," MARD spokesperson Dr Yashodhan Deshpande said.

"Government has been giving only verbal assurances and often we have to face the security problem", he added.

There are about 7000 doctors who are on strike in the state, including 1400 from Mumbai alone.

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 15:01 IST