Earlier white paper gate passes used to be issued to relatives, it allowed two relatives in at a time, this also allowed the pass to be used interchangeably by relatives.
Now, yellow gate passes will be issued with the photo of the relative who will be accompanying the patient, the photograph will be taken at the time that the patient is admitted to the hospital.
Hospital authorities hope this move will help stop violent attacks on doctors and medical staff.
This step came into effect after an official letter was submitted to the dean of the hospital.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Girish Bhuyar, Assistant Medical Superintendent said, “We were prompted to take this step after two junior doctors were attacked at JJ Hospital in Mumbai. Our hospital is visited by several patients and their relatives, such incidents can happen here. The earlier pass allowed admission of two relatives at a time, now the new pass will allow only those relatives whose image is on the pass. Any other relatives who need to visit the patient can do so during regular visiting hours from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.”
When asked this idea could be implemented in civic-run hospitals in Mumbai, Dr Avinash Supe, Director of major hospitals and Dean of KEM hospital, said, “Even we are considering to adopt this idea. But it will be difficult to implement because of the logistic aspects. It could take 2 or 3 years for this to be possible. As a lot of patients are admitted to BMC administered hospitals. We are still thinking about ways on how this could be applied and adapted to Mumbai.”
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.