Are the resident doctors safe in the state?

In 2015, when the series of attack on doctors took place, Maharashtra Resident Doctors Association (MARD) had demanded to conduct a security audit of all medical college. In total they were 44 attacks from January 2015 till August 2016

Are the resident doctors safe in the state?
Resident doctors from KEM hospital stand in solidarity for Dr Rohan Mhamunkar
  • The Minister of Medical Education assured that he will provide a healthy environment for resident doctors to do their work and decided to deploy extra security forces in the all medical colleges. They have also planned to appoint Pravin Dixit, former director general to review of security audit of college campus.
  • Vipul Mhamunkar, younger brother of Dr Rohan who rushed to Dhule after learning about the incident said, “He is in shock. We will bring him to Mumbai for further treatment. We are presently focusing on his course of treatment”

Not a single year has gone by, where resident doctors have not been attacked by people. It seems that attacks on doctors have become a very common practise. After the recent attack on a resident doctor from Dhule, the medical fraternity has is raising a cry, asking whether our resident doctors are safe in state. Meanwhile, Girish Mahajan, Minister of Medical Education spoke to My Medical Mantra over the phone, the minister had  assured that they will provide security to the resident doctors. He also has planned to deploy extra security forces in the all medical colleges.

In 2015, when the series of attack on doctors took place, Maharashtra Resident Doctors Association (MARD) had demanded to conduct a security audit of all medical college. In total they were 44 attacks from January 2015 till August 2016 .There is only one doctor for every 11,528 patients in government hospitals across India, according to the National Health Profile of 2015. This is a far form the World Health Organisation’s prescribed one doctor for every 1,000 patients.

Mahajan said, “Resident doctors are our students and their safety is our concern. To review of the security audit of the medical colleges we have also planned to appoint expert committee led by Pravin Dixit, who is the former Director General for Maharashtra Police. He will review the security audit of college campus. Also we will request the Chief Minister to provide extra security forces which we can deploy in the college campus”

Resident doctors play a major role in all medical college to offer treatment to the patient. They are the backbone of medical college and health care system. Every year whenever MARD doctors called for strike, strengthening security at college campus was their first demand. To pacify the agitating doctors time and again the government gave an assurance that security will be beefed up, and security department man power also will be looked into. deployment of additional force at sensitive place of college campus including casualty department was also promised.

Resident doctors in the state-and civic-run hospitals are vulnerable to such attacks because, in cases of emergency, they are the first to see to the patients.

MARD Secretary, Swapnil Meshram said, “I don’t know why the government is not taking our demands seriously. We hope government will take a strong stand over providing more security guards in all hospitals and colleges premises. It is a very shameful incident which took place at Dhule hospital; we really don’t understand how to work in the hospital campus.”

Dr Parthiv Sanghvi, secretary, IMA-Maharashtra State said, “It is an unfortunate incident and we have to hold a mass scale agitation. Dr Rohan Mhamunkar was doing his duty and got beaten up just because certain medical facility were not available in the hospital. The patient needed a neurosurgeon’s opinion and the hospital didn’t have one. It was not Dr Mhamunkar’s fault.”

He said IMA will join the resident doctors’ protest at Dhule tomorrow. “There will be no medical services in Dhule civil hospital tomorrow. We will join all the students there and, as a mark of protest we will protest on roads as well ,” said Sanghvi.