Relatives of a 49-year-old patient, who died yesterday, have reportedly attacked three resident doctors of Nair Hospital in Mumbay. Even hospital security guards were attacked and the irate mob vandalised hospital property as well.
An FIR has been registered and a case has been taken up by Agripada Police Station. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors has demanded the state government to make necessary changes in Existing Doctor Protection Act and make solid norms on mob lynching.
At the college administration level, it demanded, security audits, pass system and emergency alarm system should be effective promptly and urgently in all colleges.
This is just another case in the list of attacks on doctors. The trend came to the fore after doctors in West Bengal went on strike in June following a similar attack on their colleague. They were soon joined by doctors across the country.
Earlier this month, resident doctors of Hindu Rao Hospital went on a strike, alleging that attendants of a patient assaulted a colleague of theirs. Doctors said only emergency services will be operational.
Speaking about their strike, one of the protesting doctors, Dr Abhishek Bhatia, said, “As long as this happens, we won’t do any work. Only emergency services and nothing else will be operational. A doctor was thrashed and injured here last night. The patient wasn’t in good condition, everything was explained, even then 10-15 people came and thrashed the doctor.”