Medical services and health care facilities at Himachals premier health institution – Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital – were paralysed Monday as resident doctors boycotted OPDs to protest against alleged assault on a doctor,on Saturday. Emergency services,however,were operational.
The Resident Doctors Association went on indefinite strike to press for immediate arrest and action against persons who slapped a resident doctor while he was attending to patients.
We want proper security for doctors who perform hard duties including emergencies. Everyone who comes to the hospital tries to raise questions on services and eventually junior doctors become a target. There have been so many incidents of attacks and direct interference in their duties, said a spokesman of the resident doctors.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) also extended its support.
During the day,senior government officials,IGMC principal S S Kaushal and senior Medical Superintendent of IGMC Ramesh Chand held talks with striking doctors. Though they were assured proper protection besides action against accused,who is now facing a criminal FIR. the resident doctors decided to review their call only on Tuesday.
Doctors are manhandled by the public regularly. The government has to come forward with activation of Bill passed in 2009,which makes the offence non-bailable, said Anil Ohri and Ravi Kant,two senior office-bearers of the IMA.
The Bill safeguards interest of medical service providers and property of medical institution and was passed by Himachal Pradesh in December 2009. The Bill provides for imprisonment of one year and a fine of upto Rs 5000.