Dr Harshad Chavan had asked a group of 20 odd men who were accompanying a patient, to vacate the ward and wait outside, upon this they lost their cool and began to beat the doctor.
In retaliation of this attack, 322 resident doctors who work at the hospital have organised a mass bunk. They have not joined their duty since the last two days.
- Since January 2015 to August 2016, 44 cases of doctor’s attack have been reported in total reported.
- In the year 2016, 198 cases were reported, where doctors were attacked either by the patient’s relatives or by the patient themselves.
- As per WHO data in 2014, 600 doctors in 19 countries were attacked while they were at work
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, a resident doctors from Ghati Hospital requesting anonymity said, “We have called for an indefinite strike after one of our colleagues, was manhandled by the patient’s relatives. The administration is not taking any step to increase security measures. After the incident, the resident doctors are in the state of fear and don’t want to join the duties.”
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shivkumar Utture, IMA member said, “We have demanded that the central government makes assaults on medical professionals, a provision under the IPC. The Maharashtra medical service persons and medicare service institutions (prevention of violence and damage or loss to property) act is not under the IPC, so the police are not well aware about this act. So, if any case comes regarding doctor assault it will not be registered under the Medicare Act.”