The state government on Wednesday provided 584 security guards at its 10 medical colleges to curb incidences of assaults by patients or their relatives on doctors. With this move, the state has fulfilled the promise it made to the resident doctors on safety, within the given deadline.
“As per the promise made by Girish Mahajan, Minister of Medical Education, 88 security guards and one office joined Sir JJ Hospital. At St George Hospital, GT Hospital and Cama Hospita, 58 security guards have joined respectively,” said Dr TP Lahane, Dean of Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.
Earlier, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had deployed nearly 400 security guards in its four medical colleges in Mumbai. In March, more than 4,000 resident doctors had gone on a five day long mass leave in protest of rising assaults on doctors in the state.
The administration is in the process of implementing pass system and alarm bells in these hospitals as per the demands of the resident doctors.
Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) they are happy with the ground level changes that have taken place in the state so far in terms of safety and security of the doctors in medical colleges.
“Government Medical Colleges in Latur, Miraj and KEM Hospital in Parel have already got alarm system. Others will soon get,” said Dr Yashowardhan Kabra, president, Central MARD.
The resident doctors decided to end the protest after several rounds of meetings which were held in individual medical colleges after the Bombay High Court rapped them. CM Devendra Fadnavis had given an assurance that all their demands will be fulfilled at the earliest.
Unlike the earlier resident doctors’ strike, this time the protest happened on individual resident doctor level and wasn’t called by the Maharashtra Association of Resident doctors. Indian Medical Association (IMA), Maharashtra too extended support to the resident doctors and had gone on indefinite strike along with medical teachers, medical interns, pathology and radiology associations.