Jan. 28: Members of Junior Doctors’ Association, Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH), today gheraoed hospital superintendent P.K. Ojha and demanded an ‘effective and strong’ security system for the safety of doctors.
Today’s agitation followed an assault on a doctor while on duty two days ago. Dr Santanu Dutta of the radiology department was heckled by a patient’s attendant while on duty on January 26.
President and general secretary of the association, Vinay Kumar Shaw and Syed Tanvir Alam respectively, condemned the attack and said doctors had to often face hostilities from the patients’ attendants and visitors.
Yesterday, the members had sported black badges in protest against a recent assault on a doctor on duty at Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh.
‘We can understand the relatives’ tension and anxieties. But at the same time, people should also try to understand that we are doing our best to help the patients. In many cases attendants argue unnecessarily with doctors and create hostile situations. Things become really risky at night,’ Shaw said.
Alam said tight security on the entire campus was essential to prevent anti-social elements from sneaking in.
The hospital currently has one police outpost and that, too, is in a bad shape.
The junior doctors also demanded that the superintendent ensure regular payment of their monthly stipends. For the last three months, the doctors have not received their stipends.
There are 350 junior doctors at the GMCH. Their monthly stipend is Rs 6,950.
The government spends more than Rs 5 lakh every month to pay stipends to junior doctors.
The agitators also protested against delay in issuing fresh tender notice for the hospital canteen, delay in repairing doctors’ duty rooms, lack of facilities in the emergency department and non-implementation of the decisions taken by the governing body of the hospital management society.