In a gesture of solidarity, Punekars to hug doctors

In order to tackle the rising number of attacks on doctors, Pune-based Jan Aarogya Abhiyan and Pune Citizen Doctor Forum (PCDF) have come up with an initiative called "jaduki jappi", where residents of Pune will hug different doctors in the city. Residents from Pune are asked to take selfie with their doctor, to offer them flowers and to give them a 'jaduki jhappi'

Pune doctors to get hugged by residents on June 11
Dr Sanjeev Jadhav (right) hugging a patient

The initiative is undertaken to develop a cordial relationship between the residents and doctors and restore the trust which has been hampered after recent incidents of attacks on doctors.

Recently, an orthopaedic doctor form Government medical college in Dhule was beaten up allegedly by the relatives of a patient. Following which, the resident doctors across Maharashtra went on mass casual leave to protest growing incidents of attacks by patients’ relatives. These incidences have triggered the Jan Aarogya Abhiyan and PCDF to undertake an initiative through which trust between doctor and patient can be restored.

Dr Abhijit More, conveyor of Jan Aarogya Abhiyan, said, “The relationship between doctor and patient has been affected. Attacks on doctors should be condemned, but at the same time some constructive activity should be undertaken to develop trust. Mass strike will not ensure that, so we have come up with this idea.”

A programme and launching of the initiative will be done in Pune on June 11. After formal launch, different citizen groups in different pockets of the city will offer “jaduki jhappi” to the doctors in those areas.

Dr Arun Gadre, a Gynaecologist and a member of PCDF, said, “We will also share patients’ demands with doctors. Today, a patient wants more transparency in treatment.”

Dr Prakash Marathe, President of Indian Medical Association, Pune said, “It is essential that doctors should give explanation to patients’ relatives and there should be transparency. But even relatives should understand doctors side, who give their best while offering treatment. Every patient thinks that he or she is emergency, but it is doctor who will decide it. Doctors also have some limitations and cure on all ailments is not available.”

Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, a Heart transplant surgeon from Pune said, “Patients and relatives must understand that doctors are also human beings who actually offer services day and night. Patients must trust doctors.”

An appeal is made to the residents from Pune to take selfie with their doctor, to offer them flowers and to give them a “jaduki jhappi”. The organisation and city doctors think that this symbolic concept will certainly make an impact in improving the doctor-patient relationship.

Dr Shekhar Kulkarni, an Oncologist from the city, said, “Both doctor and patient should respect each other. Doctor should communicate everything with patients and their relatives, but patients should also respect the dignity of doctors.”

According to Indian Medical Association data, over 50 cases of violent attacks by patients’ relatives were recorded in India during last year. Also, the Bombay High Court, in its order last June, has asked to limit number of relatives with a patient to two, but doctors say that this rule is not implemented so far.