Recruiting more bouncers, taking video consent, forming quick response team of doctors, issuing consent forms for even an injection, screening patients before entry, appointing more number of medical counsellors are new strategies hospitals are already increasingly implementing in the wake of rising security concerns.
Dr Meenakshi Deshpande, a gynaecologist from Pune, said, “These days we have started taking measures like taking video consent. For risky cases, we take video consent. Nowadays, even for injection, we are asking patients to sign on a consent form. Earlier there used to be less medical counsellors but now even for a small set-up, a doctor is appointing a counsellor. At all the entry points we are seeing security guards checking our bags and big bouncers keeping an eye on visitors.”
Doctors say that around a decade ago doctors never used to worry so much about how to strengthen the security. But now, according to experts all the above-mentioned things have become must in the climate of rising attacks on doctors.
Dr Avinash Bhondave, past President of Pune, IMA, said, “We had a special meeting with different hospitals in Pune yesterday. Many hospitals suggested that we should put some entry-level barriers. Taking identity card of visitors, restricting the number of visitors might keep a check on incidences of mob frenzy. These days more and more hospitals are recruiting bouncers, screening patients before entry, appointing more number of medical counsellors.”
The shadow of the violence committed against doctors has lingered on making these steps necessary in government and private hospitals. These preventive measures are a temporary solution. A stringent law needs to be brought in to curb attacks on doctors.
Dr Raju Varyani, Secretary of IMA Pune, said, “Around three to four years ago, the concept of quick response system has been started in Pune. In this, a team of police comes to the hospital where the incidence has occurred. Many doctors now know about it. Also, some hospitals in the recent past have started allowing only two relatives to stay with the patient.”