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Mumbai doctors continue striking work

Over 2500 resident doctors struck work as initial talks between them and the Maharashtra government failed.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 15:38 IST

Over 2,500 agitating resident doctors in the seven city hospitals struck work for the third day on Wednesday as initial talks between them and the Maharashtra government failed.

The doctors began their strike asking for enhanced security while on duty after some of them were allegedly assaulted by relatives of the patients who died in the KEM Hospital in central Mumbai and Bhabha hospital in suburban Bandra on Sunday.

"The issue for which these doctors went on strike is now in the sidelines. Now, they want their stipend to be hiked," Minister of State for Medical Education, Suresh Shetty said after meeting representatives of the Maharashtra Association Resident Doctors (MARD) on Tuesday.

"We have told the doctors that we can meet them again today to come to an amicable solution and we may have a meeting in the afternoon if they come forward," Shetty said.

He also said that Maharashtra government has formed a five-member committee to study the issue related to working conditions of the resident doctors.

The panel would submit its report within 30 days, Shetty added.

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 14:03 IST