Doctors in the district observe strike


Nashik: The resident medical officers in all government hospitals in the district observed a strike yesterday, condemning the assault on the doctor and nurses in the government hospital at Manmad on Sunday. As out-patient departments in all hospitals as well as district hospital remained closed, citizens faced lots of inconvenience.
The health officials from Manmad had called a strike since Sunday midnight. Doctors from the district took part in it from Monday morning. Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (MAGMO) and doctors belonging to other associations raised slogans at 11 am in the district hospital to protest the Manmad incident. A memorandum was given to additional district civil surgeon and a demand was made to provide security to doctors. The delegation of the association also met the District Collector and gave him the memorandum.
More than 300 doctors from the district hospital, sub-district hospitals, rural hospitals, divisional centres and primary health centres took part in the strike and shut the out-patient departments. Though the government had assured in the High Court that it would provide security to doctors, doctors are fearing for their lives due to rise in attacks against doctors, stated MAGMO president Dr. Rajesh Gaikwad. The resident doctors demanded security at the concerned hospitals.
Meanwhile, the health service in the district was disrupted slightly. The concerned met senior medical officials in the afternoon and held discussions in detail about their demands.
MAGMO president Dr. Rajesh Gaikwad, Dr. Arvind Mahulkar, Dr. Suraj Deore, Dr. Hitendra Gaikwad and medical office bearers of other associations were present.