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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Strike Strike Strike

Where have we heard this before!

The overworked, underpaid, underprivileged, slum dwelling, unrespected ( I know its not a word) resident doctors of all government and municipal hospitals are on strike....Again!

Only this time I think something has to give.

The story so far... In two separate incidents, resident doctor's working at KEM Hospital and Bandra Bhabha hospital were assaulted by relatives of patients. One of these was a lady doctor who simply told the mother of an expecting mother not to enter the labour ward with shoes on and she was slapped!

We've heard of doctor's being slapped around for far too long now and this time the entire Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has extended support with Doctor's from all corners lobbying for support.

The Government has issued termination notices and threatened to evacuate hostels which now becomes the no 1 demand to be taken back.

In the meanwhile, we're enjoying a break doing things we didn't have time to do, studying as much as we can and hoping for a speedy end to all this.

One thing to smile about though...Our lecturers, the replacements offered by the Govt (Naval and Armed forces Docs) will now realize how much work we do in conditions where I'm sure they will not survive more than a week or two!

Hoping for the best.


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