THE Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has called for a day-long strike across all government hospitals on Friday to protest against the assault on doctors in West Bengal. Extending its support, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also issued a circular to all its members to wear black badges and hold protest marches across India on Friday.
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The latest protests follows attack on Dr Paribaha Mukherjee, who was brutally assaulted by a deceased patient’s relatives in NRS Medical College in Kolkata. “The national law against violence on hospitals has to be brought in urgently. The law should provide a minimum of seven years of imprisonment for hospital violence,” a statement from IMA read.
On Friday, resident doctors across all medical colleges will refrain from attending out patient department or routine surgeries, but will remain available for emergency patients from 8 am until 5 pm.