Condemning the Dhule incident where a resident doctor was brutally beaten up by a patient’s relatives and friends, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) have called for ‘mass bunk’ on March 17.
“We, at the Central MARD, condemn this coward act at Dhule Civil Hospital. We being doctors are doing our job, working endlessly to save as many lives as we can. We lose our health and personal life in this process, and this is what we get in return. Dhule’s incident also highlights why we need strong security measures in all government hospitals,” said Dr Yashowardhan Kabra, President, Central MARD.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, one of the doctors said, “On March 17, only emergency surgeries will be carried out in all state-run 13 medical colleges.”
Meanwhile, a delegation of resident doctors from Dhule civil hospital had a meeting with Dhule District Collector demanding security to be provided to them inside the hospital premises.
Shocked with doctors being soft target and attacked time and again, medical fraternity feels stringent steps should be taken by the government, otherwise offering health-care services to patients will become difficult.
Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Maharashtra chapter has also condemned the Dhule assault and they will hold protest rally in support of victim doctor Dr Rohan Mhamunkar. They will bring rising assault cases on doctors to government’s notice.
“On Friday, IMA will be holding a protest rally at Azad Maidan against this persistent injustice at 11 am. Every doctor and medical student is welcome to join us to fight for our own right. It is time to wake up before a doctor gets killed by an uncivilized mob one day,” said Dr Sagar Mundada, youth wing chairman, IMA-Maharashtra.
Dr Mhamunkar, an Orthopaedic Resident Doctor at Dhule Civil Hospital, was mercilessly beaten up by patient’s relatives on Sunday night after he advised them to shift the patient (who had severe head injury) to a tertiary care hospital, as hospital didn’t have a neurosurgeon. Mhamunkar is presently in Mumbai for treatment. He has lost vision in left eye.