Maharashtra resident doctors call off strike

Jul 03, 2015, 19:35 IST | Sadaguru Pandit

The strike of Maharashtra Resident Doctors Association that crippled the services of 14 major government and BMC run hospitals of the state was finally called off on July 3 evening after an amicable settlement.

The senior representatives of the association confirmed that out of 10 demands that they had sent to the authorities, 90% have been accepted and they have received a formal letter regarding the same. The decision was taken during the marathon meeting called by the officials of health ministry, DMER representatives and MARD representatives at Mantralaya that went on for over five hours. Over 4,000 resident doctors will resume work 8 pm onwards.

Maharashtra resident doctors call off strikeDoctors of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) at a protest for their various demands during their strike at Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur of Maharashtra on Thursday. Pic/PTI

MARD had called a statewide strike after their 10-demand agenda allegedly fell on deaf ears from the authorities which resulted only in oral assurances and no action on their implementation. “We were called for a meeting along with the ministers on June 25 during which four of demands were accepted. But there was no official communication from the side of the ministry,” Dr Sagar Mundada, President of Mard said.

Mundada said among the major demands conceded were two-month paid leave for expectant women doctors and those contracting tuberculosis, posting of post-graduates specialising in a particular field in the same department during bond period service, and a long-term plan to rationalise working hours.

- With inputs from agencies

The following points were agreed upon with variations to the original demands during the meeting.

MARD demands
No post graduate student will work under him, departmental enquiry of the issue
Install cctv cameras before July 30
OBC/ST/SC free ship decision to be taken before July 30
As per 2009 resolution, Rs 10000 stipend to be paid, resolution before July 30
Bond service should be given within one month of results in respective specialization
2 months paid TB leave, in the case of MDR case, increase by 89 days
2 months paid maternity leave
Senior post to be given within the timeframe
One shift shouldn’t stretch more than 12 hours
Air condition halls, recreational facilities

Agreed demands
CCTV cameras, bodyguardsat hospitals within five months
OBC/ST/SC freeship: Will call for authorities meeting
Stipend will be increased by Rs5000 from September onwards
Post specialization, bonds will be made withi 45 days or doctors will be releaved
TB leave: Proposal will be sent to MIC
Maternity Leave proposal will be sent to MIC
More posts to be made for extended working hours

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