Residents stage protest against attack on doctor in Dhule, demand strict security

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Mar 2017 10:11:38

Staff Reporter,

A number of Resident Doctors of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) staged a protest against the attack on a doctor in Dhule. The members of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), submitted a memorandum to Dr Abhimanyu Niswade, Dean, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). The memorandum is inclusive of various demands including protection to them.

Meanwhile, Nagpur’s Indian Medical Association has condemned the unfortunate violent assault on a junior doctor-Dr Rohan Mhamunkar, Ortho senior resident, at SBH Government Medical College, Dhule, Maharashtra. Maharashtra State Medical Teachers Association (MSMTA) President Dr Sameer Golawar has called this attack as act of timidity.

On March 12, relatives of a patient attacked Dr Rohan Mhamunkar at the Dhule Civil Hospital after he suggested that they moved the patient, who had suffered a head injury, to another hospital that had better facilities. Around 30 people are accused of assaulting the doctor, an attack which left him with an orbital fracture and the likelihood of him losing his vision in one eye. The audacious attack sparked protests by medical and doctors’ associations across the country.

Government must initiate measures to stop attacks on doctors across the state and stern action against the assaulters. They said that around 45 incidents of attacks on doctors have taken place in the past months in which some doctors were injured seriously.

Implementation of pass system, improved facilities in hostels, PG Bond issue, free ship, insurance of all doctors etc. Were the other demands.Dr Dinesh Sharma, Dr Sanjay Pal, Dr Sanjay Gandhi, Dr Shantanu Pendse led the protest.
It is the duty of Government to protect Resident Doctors in the Hospital. Inspite of repeated demands for doctors protection, such incidences are occurring.

“We demand that Government should ask for proper enquiry into this matter by appropriate authorities and take stringent action against the culprits, who are involved in this heinous act. Such attacks on Residents working in Govt. Hospital in Govt. premises should be equated to the “terrorist attack”. Doctors work 24x7, on holidays, in emergencies and give their services to the society. Govt. needs to provide conducive atmosphere to doctors
rendering their services in government hospitals and in Private Nursing homes. Doctors would not be able to work and take risk in serious emergencies if they have a fear of these kinds of assaults,” said IMA.

Society needs to view seriously to avert this kind of incidences and must make efforts to improve Doctor - Society relationship, so that doctors would be able to render their services fearlessly.
Law, Judiciary and Police should take stringent action to curb this kind of unruly behaviour of rowdy mob, said IMA.