Doctors working on contract basis have intensified their hunger strike with the doctors at Thane district surrounding the District Health Minister’s office. Ultimately it is the patients who are suffering with emergency cases being left unattended. Temporary doctors across the state have gone on a hunger strike demanding that they be made permanent. The strike has disrupted services of several health centres. Around 19 rural health services in Thane district have been affected. While people from backward areas of the districts travel to municipal hospitals for their treatment, absence of doctors have forced them to go to private hospitals for postmortems and other emergencies. Even members of Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers, the association which would be presenting the demands of the doctors in front of the state, have taken part in the protests. There are around 2269 doctors in Thane district who have been working on a contract basis for the last 10-15 years. The protests have been going on for the last five days and if demands are not met, the doctors threaten to intensify their protest. From Thane Praveen Sonawane for NMTV News.
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