Mumbai, 2nd January 2023: Maharashtra State Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), an association of resident doctors in the state, has called a strike since 8 am on Monday for various demands, such as accepting the proposal to fill 1,432 posts of senior resident doctors, implementing dearness allowance, refunding the cut in salary during the Corona period, recruiting professors, and renovating the hostels. Although this may affect the health services in the state, it is seen that proper care has been taken by the hospital administration.
For their various demands, MARD started the agitation at the entrance of Nair Hospital at 8 am on Monday. Resident doctors from KEM, Nair, Sion and Cooper hospitals were present and started the agitation. Approximately 5,000 resident doctors of the state will participate in this strike. Although this is likely to disrupt the health system, the alternative arrangements made by the hospital administration did not show much impact in the morning.
MARD has decided to close the outpatient department and other health facilities except for the intensive care unit. Therefore, entrusting the responsibility of outpatient departments to the head of the department, senior doctors, assistants, and associate professors, no negative effects have been witnessed. Meanwhile, MARD has warned of intense agitation if no concrete step is taken by the state government.