Striking doctors hold talks with authorities in Mumbai
The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors is negotiating with the government officials over the demands.india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 16:55 IST
The representatives of the striking resident doctors in Maharashtra were holding negotiations with the government officials in Mumbai even as their strike entered the fifth day on Friday.
The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) is negotiating with the government officials over their demands.
The demands include adequate security against attack by patients' relatives and increase in stipend, sources said.
Meanwhile, doctors from medical colleges from six more cities have joined the strike despite Maharashtra government's warning of 'stringent action' if they failed to resume duty immediately, Mard sources said.
"Doctors from government medical colleges in Aurangabad, Nanded, BJ Medical College in Pune, government hospitals from Solapur, Miraj and Ambejogai have joined us in our strike", a spokesperson of MARD said.
Maharashtra government on March 1 invoked the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) 2005 against the striking resident doctors, but MARD was still in the process of taking legal advice on the matter, he added.
A report from Pune said, the indefinite strike by residents doctors at the government-run Sassoon Hospital entered the second day today but full-time doctors were taking care of the patients.
The resident doctors at the 1290-bed Sassoon Hospital struck work to express solidarity with their colleagues in Mumbai.