Junior doctors are on strike at all state-run medical institutions in West Bengal today after a doctor at a government hospital in Kolkata was assaulted on June 11 over alleged negligence. The assaulted doctor is in critical condition and was beaten up by relatives of a patient who died at the hospital.
Doctors from AIIMS Delhi showing solidarity with the medical fraternity in Kolkata decided to work with bandages on their heads in a symbolic protest. As the doctor in Kolkata sustained a severe injury to his skull.
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In response to this protest broke across the country by various resident doctors and doctors associations. On Wednesday, June 12 prominent doctor associations in Maharashtra such as the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) and Association of State Medical Interns (ASMI) showed solidarity to the medical fraternity in Kolkata.
In a letter released by Central MARD, the organisation stated:
‘Central MARD Maharashtra, strongly condemns the distressing and brutal incidence of assault on Junior doctors and interns on duty at NRS Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata followed by similar incidences in other colleges of West Bengal.
Its Government’s failure to create a safe environment for us while working, they are busy planning global health interventions and policies and neglecting the actual problems faced by the health care providers (especially doctors), there are no laws for punishing mob who are using it as a support and weapon and creating nuisance. Also how long are we just going to blame the security , who are most of the time untrained and not satisfactory.
Such a havoc, is the deaf government waiting for us to take law in our hands, to keep weapons to safeguard ourselves, to remain silent all the time.’
We have now lost the patience. We are tired of writing such letters to government and appealing to them begging to them for our safety, but now it is over the top situation , our doctor could have lost his life today. Henceforth actions will be taken without intimations.
While the Association of State Medical Interns in response to this attack stated:
‘The state government of West Bengal has failed to protect their fellow Doctors with lack of Security and busy with Interventional policies for global health. The State Health Ministry & Kolkata Police should get a thorough investigation done as soon as possible and ASMI demands an immediate arrest of all the perpetrators.
Since the number of Assaults happening towards Doctors is rising Day by Day, we also do request governments of all the States to improve their security in the respective hospitals.
We request the court and other law enforcing bodies including the Crime Branch to act seriously on this issue. And ensure that no one dares to treat the doctors who serve the patients for the benefit of patients with selfless attitudes.’