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Govt to fall heavily on striking Mumbai docs

The decision was taken after talks between the Govt and the doctors failed. Doctors' registrations may be cancelled.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 21:10 IST
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After tolerating the strike for four days, the Maharashtra government has decided to take "stringent" action against the striking resident doctors, which may include cancellation of their registration.

"After the talks between the doctors and the government failed once again, the government was compelled to go ahead with strict actions," Minister of State for Medical Education Suresh Shetty said.

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) negotiated with the government officials over their demands, including adequate security against attack by patients' relatives and increase in stipend, sources said.

"We had a meeting for two hours on Friday. The resident doctors did not agree to the terms offered by us. So we decided to take stringent action against them," Shetty said.

On March 1, the Maharashtra government had invoked the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) 2005 against the resident doctors, who went on the indefinite strike on February 27.

BMC officials had issued notices to 1940 striking resident doctors in Mumbai. The notices stated if they don't report to duty within four hours of being served the notice, the provisions of MESMA will become applicable.

"Since they did not heed to the warnings, action to be taken against them is inevitable, Shetty said.

"The strike has been declared illegal under MESMA and the process to deregistering the certificate of the resident doctors with the Mumbai University would be initiated," he added.