Mumbai: Over 4500 doctors go on mass leave after assault on colleague, demand security in hospitals

Since March 12, attacks have been reported on doctors in Dhule, Shirpur, Nashik, Aurangabad and Mumbai

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: March 20, 2017 5:31 pm
Mumbai, Mumbai hospital, Mumbai doctor strike, doctors strike Mumbai, Sion Hospital doctor strike, doctor assualted, sion hospital, mumbai doctors, MARD doctors, dhule, dhule doctor, dhule doctor assault, Mumbai news Silent protest at Sion hospital. (Express Photo)

Resident doctors in Mumbai and across the state are on mass leave on Monday to protest against series of assaults on doctors in government hospitals. With over 4,500 doctors not reporting for work, government hospitals have called all senior doctors, lecturers and professors on-duty to handle the massive patient load. Out patient department services are expected to get a blow on Monday in public institutions with fewer doctors to treat patients. A delegation of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), dean of medical colleges, and Indian Medical Association are meeting Mumbai mayor to present demand for increased security.

In Sion Hospital where a Polio affected doctor was attacked by deceased patient’s relatives, there is vacancy of 25 security guards.

Doctors have also claimed several hospitals have female security guards who are unable to control if situation with patient’s relatives gets out of hand.

Doctors in Sion hospital are holding a silent protest as permission to go on strike has been denied by the Bombay High Court.

Since March 12, attacks have been reported on doctors in Dhule, Shirpur, Nashik, Aurangabad and Mumbai.

A junior doctor was attacked in Aurangabad’s government medical college on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in separate cases, Dhule police has arrested nine assaulters for vandalising Dhule Civil hospital while Mumbai police has arrested three for attacking a junior resident doctor in Sion hospital. Those arrested have been booked under Section 3 and 4 of Maharashtra Medical Act and under various section of Indian Penal Code.

“The conviction rate in such cases is very poor. There is therefore little deterrent from stopping patient’s kin to attack a doctor,” said Dr Shivkumar Utture, attached with IMA.

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  1. L
    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm
    The best suited medical system for India is AYURVEDA - not this harmful ALLOPATHYlt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;AYURVEDA is the only syst which emphasizes on PREVENTION as well as CURElt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;AYURVEDA is the only syst that can make HEALTH FOR ALL a realitylt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;State Governments all over India should phase out ALLOPATHY and introduce AYURVEDA which is toxin-free, cost-free and has no harmful side effects. lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Citizens of India too should boycott ALLOPATHY and promoted AYURVEDA
    1. N
      Mar 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm
      MBBS doctors are NOT humans. They are agents of pharma companies and multi specialty hospitals out to fleece the poor and gullible patients by creating unnecessary scare and prescribing unwanted costly drugs. Govt of Maharashtra should take this opportunity and terminate the services of all striking doctors and appoint AYURVEDA and SIDDHA VAIDYA doctors who are more human, more effective in curing diseases.
      1. T
        Mar 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm
        If 'allopathy doctors' go on leave/don't work, 'general public health' will vastly improvelt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Keep up your agitation and prevent people from being poisoned by your harmful drugs
        1. P
          Mar 21, 2017 at 6:51 am
          It has no effect, thats why no side effects
          1. P
            Mar 21, 2017 at 6:48 am
            more effective in making it a chronic disease.
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