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After 350 resident doctors were suspended by the Nagpur Government Medical College for protesting against “inadequate security” at hospitals on Tuesday, resident doctors in other hospitals warned the managements stating that they would join the agitation against the suspension.
On October 7, doctors in GMC Nagpur went on a protest claiming that the state government’s assurance to beef up security was not adequate. On Tuesday, the hospital administration issued suspension notices to the 350 resident doctors.
In its letter, the administration observed that protesting doctors were issued show cause notices after their strike did not end on October 8. A meeting was held between the management and the doctors on the issue of need for more security staff. Subsequently, on Tuesday the hospital decided to suspend the protesting doctors.
On Wednesday, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors from B J Government Medical College and Sassoon General hospital in Pune wrote to the hospital dean stating that if suspension letters of GMC doctors were not withdrawn within 24 hours, resident doctors in Pune will be forced to join in.
Doctors in Yavatmal’s Sri Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College extended their support by asking the hospital management to withdraw the suspension orders. “We declare a mass bunk if termination letters are not withdrawn within 24 hours,” the letter from the resident doctors read.
In Mumbai, doctors in Sion, KEM and Nair hospital wore black ribbons to protest the suspension orders of the Nagpur doctors. In 2016, the state government had appointed 1,100 security personnel for government hospitals across Maharashtra as a measure to beef up security to prevent cases of doctor assaults. This year in September, the security was withdrawn and hospitals were asked to make arrangements locally.
“The security guards were on contract basis. They went on strike demanding permanent postings and were terminated in September,” a resident doctor from KEM hospital said. In Mumbai, however, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation made an arrangement for over 100 guards for Sion, Nair and KEM hospital.