The Maharashtra government took a serious note of the doctor’s strike at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals after two resident doctors were assaulted on Saturday morning. Around 400 resident doctors, of the state-run JJ Hospital, are on strike since Saturday afternoon over security issues.
The Medical Education Minister of Maharashtra, Girish Mahajan, has instructed to provide additional security to the doctors with an immediate effect.
While speaking to My medical Mantra, Mahajan, said, “This is a very unfortunate incident that has happened. Patients or their relatives should not attack doctors at any given point. We are taking strict action against the accused. Also, instructions have been given to provide additional security to the doctors with an immediate effect.”
While on the contrary, Dr Sarang Donarkar, President, resident doctors’ association (MARD), Sir JJ Hospital, said, “We had a meeting with Dr Pravin Shingare, Director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Mumbai, Dr Sudhir Nanankar, Dean, JJ Hospital and the Nurses Federation to resolve the doctor’s agitation. We have put forward our demands with the DMER.”
He further added, “Increase the number of security guards to provide security to the doctors. There should be at least one security guard in each ward. We demand that an alarm system should be set up which would help the doctors in the sudden occurrence of such incident. The alarm system would help doctors to get immediate assistance. The ministers only give assurance to increase the security force. We have been demanding security guards for the last one and a half year and getting only assurances from the government in response. So, till the time, we do not see a security guard in each ward, we will continue our mass leave.”
On Saturday morning, two junior resident doctors were attacked by the patient’s angry relatives. The incident took place in ward number 11 of the surgery ward.
Patient’s angry relatives also attacked a woman doctor and a nurse as well. Owing to which, the resident doctors went on an indefinite strike.
The police have arrested four accused in this regard and have booked them under the Medicare Act and various sections of the IPC.