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IMA calls for shutdown of help services across Maharashtra

Pune: The Indian Medical Association 's (IMA) state chapter, which has about 36,000 doctors as its members, called for a complete and indefinite shutdown of healthcare services on Wednesday to support resident doctors who have been on mass leave since Monday to protest against rising assaults on their peers across the state."Barring emergency services, all medical services will remain suspended in private hospitals till the state government makes arrangements for the security of resident doctors and ensures effective enforcement of the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage of Property) Act, 2010, among other things," Ashok Tambe , president of the state chapter of IMA, said.Ophthalmologist Sanjay Patil, treasurer of the IMA, Pune branch, said, "We have communicated our decision to our members. Only admitted patients will get the desired medical services at private hospitals. Although emergency care services will remain unaffected."Most private hospitals in the Pune, meanwhile, said they would extend support to the cause of the resident doctors by wearing black badges at work and putting up placards condemning the assaults on doctors. 

"However, we will continue to render medical services," they said.The demands: The government should provide adequate security and infrastructure at all government hospitals so that medical personal, nursing staff, class three and class four employees can work in peaceful environment.Legal action taken by the authorities on the medical student, teachers, resident doctors and paramedical employees

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