Over 7,000 resident doctors of Maharashtra go on strike amid COVID-19 fear

Maharashtra's Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan has asked resident doctors to engage in a dialogue. Mahajan urged them not to stretch the matter further.

The development comes at a time when there are apprehensions about the new sub-variant of Omicron.
The development comes at a time when there are apprehensions about the new sub-variant of Omicron. (Representational Image)

More than 7,000 resident doctors at government colleges in Maharashtra went on strike toay over a range of issues. Among the issues are the quality of hostels and filling of vacant posts of assistant and associate professors.

According to the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), they were forced by the government to contemplate shutting of emergency services by not heeding to their demands. The development comes at a time when there are apprehensions about the new sub-variant of Omicron.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan has asked resident doctors to engage in a dialogue. Mahajan urged them not to stretch the matter further.

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, which has called the strike, has claimed medical students of government colleges were facing problems due to poor quality of hostels.

They are also pressing for the recruitment of 1,432 senior resident doctors and demanding the filling of vacant posts of associate and assistant professors.

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