Health services at the state-run Sarojini Devi Eye hospital (SDEH) in the city came to a standstill on Wednesday when some 100-odd junior doctors boycotted elective and out-patient (OP) duties to protest the attack on a final year post-graduate student by a patient’s attendant in the hospital premises two days ago.
Sources said that the incident took place on Monday after an unknown woman accompanying a patient at the OP unit of the hospital bashed a female student on duty with a slipper, reportedly irked at the delay in waiting for their turn for treatment.
While the attacker fled from the scene immediately after the incident, junior doctors cried foul as the state government has not yet provided Special Protection Force (SPF) cover at SDEH.
“Our life is under threat here as huge influx of patients makes us vulnerable to such attacks. Being the largest state-run eye hospital in Telangana, SDEH attracts around 1,000 out-patients and 150 in-patients a day on an average. So, giving attention to all of them is difficult,” said Dr G Srinivas, president of Telangana Junior Doctors’ Association (TJUDA).
TJUDA also stood by the protestors at SDEH and urged the government to immediately provide SPPF cover to the doctors.
The state government had provided SPF cover to Gandhi, Osmania and Petlaburj Maternity hospitals in the city, besides MGM Hospital and Government Maternity Hospital in Warangal, from May 28. However, for reasons unknown, it left out SDEH.
Meanwhile, Telangana health minister C Laxma Reddy has reportedly assured TJUDA that the government would soon bring SDEH under SPF cover when a delegation of medicos called on him at an event at Osmania General Hospital on Wednesday.