“Accept our demands or we will resign after 48 hours,” said Municipal Medical Teachers Association (MMTA), which has gone on an indefinite strike in support of protesting resident doctors.
The agitation is supported by 40,000 doctors of Indian Medical Association (IMA) in the state, which also went on an indefinite strike from March 22.
“We strongly condemn the violence and attack on doctors and we support resident doctors. Our demands include restricting entry of number of relatives at the main gate for all major civic hospitals and starting pass system for indoor patient relatives. We demand a separate beat chowky under police station to be set-up inside major civic hospitals,” said Dr Ravindra Deokar, Secretary, MMTA.
A 24×7 police action force in premises and security guard outside emergency services, operation theatres, emergency casualty department and mortuary are also part of MMTA demands.
It also demanded that all patient-related works like carrying samples, call book, X-rays, patient shifting should be done by corporation staff and not relatives.
Watch Dr Sangeeta Ravat (KEM Hospital) addressing resident doctors at KEM Hospital on March 23 morning
Watch Dr Abhay Dalwi(KEM Hospital) addressing resident doctors at KEM Hospital on March 23 morning
“We have also demanded for urgent common alarm systems in each ward, which will help in tackling any violence case against doctors. Gates should be sealed in case of any alarm buzz,” said Dr Nitin Dange, Vice-President, MMTA.
Additionally, it has also asked for a medical counsellor-cum-personal relation officer to break any sad news about the patient to its relatives. Medical teachers have decided to only conduct emergency services till further notice.
Meanwhile, private hospital doctors, too, shut down their outdoor patients services and carried out only emergency duties.
“It is a pathetic situation wherein a doctor is beaten up and cannot protest peacefully to demand better and safer working condition. While we are protesting and not conducting OPDs, we are seeing all emergency cases. Let the next generation not get discouraged to take up medicine,” said Dr Nitin Shah, a Paediatrician.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Jalil Parker, Senior Chest Physician at Lilavati Hospital, said, “Doctors are always soft target. We have been trained to save a life irrespective of religion, caste, creed and social status. If patient gets cured, if we save a patient, relatives praise us. But they also need to understand that we are not god and we have our limitations and there are grey areas. There needs to be awareness on the same and government has to provide security to resident doctors.”