The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) fulfils its promise to the resident doctors working in its four medical colleges in terms of providing safety and security.
On Saturday morning, eight days after more than 4,000 resident doctors called off their five-day-long mass leave to protest rising assaults on doctors across the state, 397 security guards were deployed in corporation run four medical colleges in the city.
“We have received 397 security guards from Maharashtra State Security Corporation and are posted in our four medical colleges – KEM Hospital, LTMG (Sion) Hospital, BYL Nair Hospital and RN Cooper Hospital. They will be working in three shifts and posted at the entrance gates of hospitals and emergency service places,” said Dr Avinash Supe, Director, major civic hospitals.
He said having sirens and pass system for patient’s relative are already in process.
“The passes have been sent for printing. Sirens too have been installed. We will soon get more security guards,” informed Supe.
Meanwhile, a fresh circular issued by Directorate Medical and Education Research (DMER) said 584 security guards will be deployed in state’s 10 medical colleges before April 5.
Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) is happy with the ground-level changes that have taken place in the state so far in terms of safety and security of the doctors in medical colleges.
“BMC hospitals have already received security guards. We have been informed that state run hospitals will get it before April 5. The alarm system and pass system is already in process in most of the medical colleges. This is first time we are seeing the administration keeping up with their words. MARD will review the demands fulfilled by the administration on April 6,” said Dr Yashowardhan Kabra, President, Central MARD.
The resident doctors decided to end the protest after several rounds of meetings which were held in individual medical colleges after the Bombay High Court rapped them. CM Devendra Fadnavis had given an assurance that all their demands will be fulfilled at the earliest.
Unlike the earlier resident doctors’ strike, this time the protest happened on individual resident doctor level and wasn’t called by the Maharashtra Association of Resident doctors. Indian Medical Association (IMA), Maharashtra too extended support to the resident doctors and had gone on indefinite strike along with medical teachers, medical interns, pathology and radiology associations.
Timeline of attacks
- Pune: (March 30) Bharti Hospital Doctor was abused by patients relatives
- Aurangabad: (March 29) Mamata hospital from Jalgaon was vandalised by patients relatives
- Thane: (March 29) Thane Civil Hospital intern doctor Dr Javed Shaikh and one lady doctor were beaten up by patient
- Aurangabad: (March 19) An orthopaedic resident doctor beaten up by relatives in Aurangabad GMC
- Mumbai: (March 18): Polio afflicted resident doctor beaten up by patient’s relatives after her death
- Nashik: (March 16): Intern Dr Rahul Patil and a nurse were beaten up
- Dhule (March 12): Dr Rohan Mhamunkar was assaulte
- Shirpur: In the beginning week of March, a doctor’s clinic was ransacked
- Latur: (January 18) An intern doctor was assaulted