Doctors call off strike at Rajawadi Hospital

We assured the doctors that better security would be provided,” said Dr M Wadiwala.

Mumbai | Published: January 16, 2014 5:51:34 am

Doctors at civic-run Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar called off their strike Tuesday night after hospital authorities assured them that security would be stepped up in the hospital. Doctors had gone on a strike following an incident in which a resident doctor was assualted by a patient and his relatives on Monday. 

“We assured the doctors that better security would be provided,” said Dr M Wadiwala, medical superintendent of Rajawadi Hospital.

Dr Kundan Kharde, a resident doctor at the hospital, said, “We resumed work Tuesday night after we were assured that security posts will be increased and more CCTV cameras will be installed. We have also been assured that a police post will be brought in three months.”

On Monday night, Dr Gaurav Hansalkar (23), who joined the surgery ward around a month back, was beaten up by a patient and his relatives after he asked them to wait as he was already attending to another patient. Asif Suleman Sheikh, 32, who slapped Hansalkar has been booked under Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage of Property) Act, 2010 (also called Doctors’ Protection Act).

Doctors at the hospital staged a protest Tuesday. Wadiwala said doctors were attending to patients only in the emergency ward. Kharde said, “Since Asif has been booked under the Doctors’ Protection Act and the authorities have promised to address our demands, we decided to call off the strike.”

According to hospital authorities, security posts will be stepped up in the premises. Currently, there are 35 posts for security guards and 14 CCTV cameras in the hospital.

A source from the hospital, however, claimed that several cameras need repairing.

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