Pune, 30th December 2021: With the imminent third wave of Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) and delay in NEET-PG counselling, the resident doctors of Sassoon Hospital have decided to go on a strike from December 31.
The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has given a letter in this regard to the Dean of BJ Government Medical College (BJGMC) and Sassoon Hospital.
“The BJGMC MARD will be withdrawing services from OPDs, ward, department, routine laboratories and elective services from 31/12/2021 until the last date of NEET-PG counselling is released. However, we will continue to work in casualty, ICUs, dialysis and COVID services”, the letter states.
BJGMC MARD general secretary Dr Kiran Ghuge told PunekarNews.in that all resident doctors will be supporting the strike.
The letter submitted to the dean reads, “The resident doctors of Maharashtra have been working relentlessly in fighting two waves of COVID. With the imminent third wave and delay in NEET-PG counselling causing a deficit of residents, we will not be equipped to execute our duties efficiently and this will ultimately have a detrimental effect on patient care.
It’s been more than six months that we have made multiple legal appeals and have protested silently but despite working with 2/3rd of the workforce, our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Last week an unacceptable and shameful event occurred, where resident doctors who were protesting peacefully, were brutally thrashed. Even the female resident doctors were being manhandled by male police officers. In wake of these events we feel threatened and insecure, and that has moved us to take such a decision. We aren’t in a state of mind to handle the extra workload with such an apathetic work environment.
We are standing in solidarity with our fellow national resident doctors associations like CENTRAL MARD, FORDA, FAIMA and IMA JDN If requisite action is not taken by the authorities, we will have no option but to escalate the strike to include all emergency and KU services as well.”
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