NEW DELHI: Despite the government’s assurance of providing adequate security measures at the state-run hospitals, resident doctors continue to feel unsafe. On Friday, they alleged there had been a series of assaults on their colleagues in the past two days. They also threatened to launch a fresh stir from July 9 if the Centre failed to respond to their grievances within two weeks.

“We discussed the issue of security, construction of new hostels and improvement of water supply with the Union health secretary on Tuesday. He assured action on all demands. If we do not get any positive response within two weeks on the issue, we will be forced to go on a strike from July 9 again,” said Dr Pradeep Singh, member, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA).

One of the complaints pertains to an attack on a resident doctor at Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital in Rohini, which allegedly took place in the presence of policemen.

The doctors claimed a patient had come for a medical examination at 8pm on Thursday. “He was under the influence of alcohol and following an argument, he assaulted the doctor. The policemen present didn’t do anything to stop him,” said Dr Pankaj Solanki, president FORDA.
In another incident at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Khichripur in east Delhi, a resident doctor’s clothes were torn by the attendants of a patient who were not “happy” with the treatment.

The members of FORDA took up the matter with state health minister Satyendar Jain who shot off letters to the LG Najeeb Jung and police commissioner B S Bassi demanding additional security for hospitals. Jain said the Delhi Police should deploy at least five cops in smaller hospitals and around 10 in bigger hospitals round-the-clock.

The minister also asked Bassi to probe the case of assault at Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital where the incident took place in police’s presence. “It seems that there is a deliberate and mala-fide intention on the part of police to create such incidents and spread disaffection among the doctors to paralyze the services in the hospitals,” he wrote.

Resident doctors of 22 government hospitals in Delhi had gone on a strike on Monday and Tuesday, seeking security and better healthcare facilities. “The Delhi government has promised that at least 500 home guards will be deployed in all the state-run hospitals immediately,” said Solanki.

Courtesy – The Times of India

Durgesh Nandan Jha |Jun 27, 2015, 01.49 AM IST

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