Mumbai: Mumbai Mayor V Mahadeshwar on Monday assured the protesting Resident Doctors of their security but at the same time called upon them to resume work or face legal action.
"If the protesting doctors do not resume work by evening then the authorities will take legal action against them", Mahadeshwar said.
He also said that Director General of Police has assured that 400 extra armed police personnel will be deployed in various hospitals for the safety of the doctors.
Resident Doctors in Mumbai and part of Maharashtra went on mass leave protesting attacks of their colleagues at government run Sion Hospital and Dhule Civil Hospital.
Last week a doctor working at Dhule Civil Hospital was allegedly beaten up by the relatives of a patient. Following the protest by doctors, police arrested the 7 to 8 accused allegedly involved in the case. Situation however worsened when one of the accused hanged himself to death in police lock-up.
On Saturday, a doctor was allegedly beaten up by the relatives following a patient's death at the Sion Hospital.
According to some reports, almost 75 per cent of Resident Doctors across major Mumbai health centres, including Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, KEM Hospital, JJ Hospital and Nair Hospital, have gone on leave.
In a letter to the Dean of Sion Hospital, the Resident Doctors said they were unable to report to the duty as they couldn't "concentrate" on the work. They stopped working from 7 pm, according to PTI.
"The current spate of attacks on resident doctors is worrisome. We are not able to concentrate, hence we have decided not to report to the duty (at Sion Hospital)....There is urgent need to beef up security at government hospitals," an office-bearer of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors said.
The Bombay high court has restrained resident doctors in the state from going on a strike till a 'grievance cell' constituted by the government to look into their problems submits its report. The doctors, therefore, can not go on strike officially.
Meanwhile, Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan said, "The attacks on resident doctors are unfortunate and assailants should not be spared."