OVER 4,500 resident doctors, attached with medical colleges across Maharashtra, resumed work on Sunday after a long list of their demands related to doctors’ increased security measures against attacks was approved by the medical education ministry and the civic body.
A demand by the Medical Association of Resident Doctors’ (MARD) to arrest the four men accused of assaulting three resident doctors at KEM hospital’s pediatric ward was also met on Sunday after the Bhoiwada police arrested Mirazuddin Siddiqui and his three relatives on Sunday under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Medical Services Act, 2010.
On early Friday morning, relatives of three-year-old deceased Govandi boy Abu Sufian, had gone on a rampage after he succumbed to dengue fever in the hospital’s general ward.
They had reportedly beaten up the doctors on duty with wooden sticks, and hit them with tables and chairs.
With resident doctors threatening to go on indefinite strike following the attack, the security strength at KEM hospital been escalated by 32 and an assurance has been given to appoint 211 more guards by November 30. A hotline number, 7402, for emergency help to doctors has also been assigned.
The MARD had demanded improved security along with additional CCTV cameras to cover the entire premises.
Following a visit of medical education minister Vinod Tawde, 145 CCTV cameras have been approved to cover the entire KEM hospital along with upgradation in security at Nair, Sion and KEM hospitals by October 3.