Right to strike depends on nature of work, Madras High Court orders striking doctors back to work

Tamil Nadu: Right to strike depends on nature of work, Madras High Court orders striking doctors back to work

1 November 2019: A division bench of Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and N. Seshasayee directed the striking doctors to return to work stating that right to strike depends on the nature of work. Health services are covered under the Maintenance of Essential Services Act.

Doctors across Tamil Nadu had gone on strike on under the banner of Federation of Government Doctors Association demanding:

  • Implementation of a Government Order that envisages time-bound promotions.
  • Ensuring appropriate patient doctor ratio in hospitals.
  • Bringing back the 50 per cent quota for government doctors in post-graduate and super-speciality streams.

Filling up posts and carrying out transfers through a transparent counselling process.

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