Taking a strong stand on rising assaults on doctors in the state, Indian Medical Association (IMA), the umbrella body of doctors practicing modern medicine on Monday said it will shut down all medical services in Mumbai, as well as all over Maharashtra if government doesn’t take concrete actions on safety and security measures.
Reacting on series of assaults on doctors, IMA (Maharashtra) said it is deeply perturbed by the recent spate of events of violence against doctors.
“We have been receiving news of manhandling of resident doctors in various government and municipal medical colleges on daily basis from all parts of Maharashtra. They have not been condemned by any official (minister / bureaucrat) of the Maharashtra government so far. Instead of providing adequate security to the resident doctors, the government is coercing them and threatening them termination of their services,” said Dr Ashok Tambe, President, IMA (Maharashtra).
IMA said it is extremely difficult for these resident doctors to work in an atmosphere of fear.
“We, at IMA, strongly condemn these incidents and demand for appropriate action against perpetrators with adequate security for resident doctors, failing which we will be forced to go on a state-wide closure of medical services,” said Dr Parthiv Sanghvi, Secretary, IMA.
IMA has extended its support to resident doctors and is looking forward for the administration to take some concrete action.
“It has also been reported in news that the Mayor of Mumbai has threatened the resident doctors to join work in spite of no concrete action taken on his behalf in the hospitals. We further support MARD members who have demanded immediate security measures insuring their physical safety,” said Dr Shivkumar Utture, Treasurer, IMA (Maharashtra).
On March 17, over 1,000 IMA doctors from across the city and state gathered at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan to protest the brutal attack on resident doctor in Dhule earlier last week.
In less than a weeks’ time, five incidents of doctors being assaulted have been reported from across the state. Nearly 4,500 resident doctors are on mass leave in medical colleges of the state saying they are afraid to treat patients.
Dr Anil Pachnekar, Chairperson, Action Sub Committee, IMA (Maharashtra), said if any precipitous action is taken against the resident doctors who have gone on leave, then doctors will have no option, but to call for a total shut down of all medical services in Mumbai, as well as across Maharashtra.