After two incidents of doctors being attacked in Maharashtra, around 4,000 resident doctors did not report to duty today to protest against the rowdy behavior meted out to doctors. It may be recalled that one of the incidents of doctors being attacked occurred in Dhule, whereas the other occurred in a hospital in Sion, Mumbai. General health services were affected in government hospitals, as a result of the strike called by resident doctors in Maharashtra. Health services were not entirely shut down since some senior resident doctors acted as back-up and looked after the urgent needs of patients. Emergency services were not affected by the strike.
The protesting resident doctors are demanding increased security at hospitals and also a hike in wages. Meanwhile, a petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court by social activist Afak Mandaviya. The petition argues that medical services are classified as essential services, and as such the resident doctors should call off their strike and report back to work. The petition also asks for a direction to the state government to look into the problems being faced by doctors. The petition will come up for hearing tomorrow.