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BMC to hold talks with parents of striking medicos

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Mar 5 (UNI) Even as the strike by Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) entered the seventh day today, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to hold talks with parents and professors of the striking medicos in a bid to resolve the deadlock.

BMC spokesperson Dadasaheb Shivjatak said the Corporation had called parents and professors of the doctors for counselling.

He said all the Outdoor Patients Departments, which were closed following the strike, will be reopened from tomorrow with the help of private doctors and public health department doctors.

Mr Shivjatak stressed the administration is always willing to hold positive dialogue with the striking doctors.

MARD spokesperson Dr Yashodhan Deshpande, meanwhile, said, ''We appeal to the Government to resolve the issue as early as possible for the sake of public as well as for the future of the doctors.'' He, however said the strike will continue till they received a written assurance from the Government on their demands.

Earlier in the day, MARD spokesperson at the J J Hospital, Dr Yoganand Patil, had said they had received letters of support from doctors in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Kerala.

''We are planning to launch a nation-wide agitation after consulting the representatives from other states,'' he had said.

The state government and BMC have served termination notices on 730 doctors across the state, Dr Patil informed. The BMC has issued 348 notices while the state government had issued notices to 270 resident doctors at J J Hospital and 310 resident doctors at Sassoon Hospital in Pune.

Dr Patil told UNI that doctors in Delhi, to express their solidarity, had started working, wearing ''black badges.'' Dr Patil claimed that State Higher Education Minister Dilip Valse-Patil had verbally consented to their demands, ''but we want it in writing because since 1988 we hae been getting only verbal assurances from the government''. Once we get a written assurance, we will call off the strike, he said.

The little over 3,000 striking doctors are demanding, among other things, an increase in their stipend, filling up of vacancies, provision of adequate security, and a reduction in the medical education fee.

The doctors went on strike Monday last after relatives of some patients beat up two doctors -- Dr Rohan Ainchwar and Dr Meena Parikh -- at the KEM and Bhabha (Bandra) hospitals respectively on the previous day.


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