Over 7,000 resident doctors protest in Maharashtra, demanding improved hostels and staff recruitment
In a significant development, more than 7,000 resident doctors at government colleges in Maharashtra have commenced a strike today to address a range of pressing issues. The strike, organized by the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), highlights concerns over the quality of hostels and the urgent need to fill vacant posts of assistant and associate professors.
The resident doctors assert that the government’s failure to heed their demands has left them with no alternative but to contemplate suspending emergency services. This move comes at a time when apprehensions surrounding the new sub-variant of the Omicron variant continue to grow.
Medical students studying in government colleges are facing numerous challenges due to the substandard quality of hostels, claims the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors. The poor conditions in these accommodations have adversely affected the well-being and study environment for students pursuing their medical education.
One of the primary demands put forth by the striking doctors is the recruitment of 1,432 senior resident doctors. They also emphasize the urgent need to fill the vacant positions of associate and assistant professors. These vacancies are hampering the quality of education and the delivery of healthcare services in government hospitals across Maharashtra.
Resident Doctors in Maharashtra Strike Over Hostel Quality and Staff Shortages
In response to the ongoing strike, Maharashtra’s Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan, has urged the resident doctors to engage in a dialogue. Mahajan has called for a resolution to the issues raised by the doctors, emphasizing the importance of finding a swift and amicable solution to avoid further disruption to medical services in the state.
The strike by resident doctors highlights the critical need for the government to address the concerns raised regarding hostel quality and staff shortages. The provision of adequate resources and infrastructure is crucial to ensure that medical students receive a conducive learning environment, while the filling of vacant faculty positions will help bridge the gaps in healthcare services.