- Resident and intern doctors from government and civic-run medical colleges in Maharashtra are observing a one-day strike on Friday, June 14
- The doctors are protesting against the brutal attack on a junior doctor in Kolkata
- The resident doctors have shut down the OPD’s and are wearing a black ribbon in the hospital as a mark of protest.
In solidarity with the doctors in Kolkata, resident and intern doctors attached to the government and civic-run medical colleges in Maharashtra have joined the nationwide protest.
Doctors from state-run JJ group of hospitals and civic-run KEM and Sion hospital had gathered in their respective premises on the morning of Friday, June 14. The doctors wore black shirts and had tied a black ribbon on their arms to show their support to the cause. Violence against doctors are increasing by the day and the government needs to take serious notice about this.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Manish Kumar, President, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, KEM hospital, said, “We had launched a protest against the rising attack on doctors in the country. To mark our protest we also carried a blood donation drive as well. To show how much patients mean to us.”
But, the doctors strike had caused an inconvenience to the poor and needy people, those who come from faraway places as the OPD at the hospitals have been shut.
Dr Kalyani Dongre, President, Central MARD, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “With each and every passing day, cases of a brutal attack on the doctors are rising. Mumbai, Nagpur, Dhule and now Kolkata. Resident doctors are facing a hostile working atmosphere. Every attack raises the issue of doctor’s security and protection. We have demanded for more security to the state government a number of times. But, on the ground, nothing has been done over the years.”
“We have shut down the OPD, but our doctors are working in the emergency services. Our demand is strict adherence of the security norms and strict action against the culprits,” added Dr Kalyani.
Meanwhile, to show their unity the doctors also staged a street play and also demonstrated CPR training to spread awareness.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Nitin Nadkarni, Vice President of the Association of Medical Interns said, “Our prime duty is to save the patient. But, if people are attacking us then, those who are the poor and needy will be deprived of medical services. It’s a shame that a time has come where we doctors who save the patient, now have to save ourselves.”
Dr Abhishek Jain, General Secretary, MARD, Pune, said, “We want a centralised law. The provisions should be made non-bailable offence. We have also arranged a blood donation camp today. We doctors are aware of our duties. But how can we perform them in the environment of fear and violence? We work hard and our motive is to save the lives of patients.”