Friday, July 10, 2009


The strike called by Maharastra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has entered the fourth day. The members of MARD are on strike to press their demand. The demand, among others, includes increase in their salaries. The salaries were revised three years ago and there is justification in their demand for up ward revision after three years. For the last six months they are negotiating with the government but nothing has progressed. The salaries fixed by the government are low compared to the present day cost of living. The salaries/stipend paid should be realistic and should be raised periodically keeping the cost of living as the barometer. The infrastructure facilities at the government hospitals are below par and there is urgent need to upgrade to deliver better health care services. The government should have a dialogue with the representatives of striking doctors and resolve the issue forthwith in larger public interest. The general public has been put lot inconvenience due to the strike.

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