//Doctors get their share, end strike

Doctors get their share, end strike

GETTING THEIR WAY: Maharashtra govt has agreed to meet the demands of the protesting doctors.

Mumbai: The protesting resident doctors in Maharashtra have finally called-off their stir after successful negotiations with the state government.

The 12-day long strike ended after five days of hectic negotiations and the medics have agreed to resume work after they got their way with the authorities.

The state government has agreed to their demands including providing more security and an increased stipend.

The government has also assured that no action will be taken against any of the striking doctors.

Besides added security, it has also promised a raise for the doctors from their present stipend of Rs 8,000 to Rs 13,000.

The vacancies created at the hospitals will now be filled to increase manpower and registered resident doctors will be granted the status of a state government employee.

"It took a few days for these negotiations to come through, but we have received every co-operation from the administration," President, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), Shrikant Pandit, said.

It will, however, take a while for all the government’s assurances to be formally implemented. The stipend will be increase only after the cabinet approves it and a four-member committee has been appointed to look into the other changes.

"This will be a permanent committee and will meet frequently, take review of situations, and whenever required, will come to the government," Minister for Medical Education, Dilip Valse Patil, said