The Bombay High Court today directed the Maharashtra government to file a report on the working conditions of resident doctors in state-run hospitals and medical colleges, days after their strike against repeated incidents of assault on them.
After looking at photographs of some government hospitals, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur said, This shows that overall conditions are deplorable.
The bench also asked the state to inform it about the steps it has taken to improve or rectify the situation.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by activist Afaq Mandaviya seeking action against doctors, who had gone on mass leave last week to protest attacks on them.
Nearly 4,000 resident doctors across Maharashtra had stayed away from work for several days since March 20, demanding enhanced security in the wake of a string of attacks on doctors by patients’ relatives.
They had called off their stir five days later following an ultimatum by the Bombay High Court and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The petition was posted for further hearing after two weeks.