Apr 6, 2014

GUWAHATI: Doctors from various medical associations staged a protest at the Mohendra Mohan Choudhury (MMC) Hospital on Saturday, seeking action against those who had recently assaulted a paediatrician.

They demanded better security for medical practitioners in view of the rising attacks on doctors.

The doctor who was attcked might move the State Women’s Commission and Assam Human Rights Commission.

On April 2, relatives of Minara Begum, whose newborn was declared dead, assaulted the paediatrician working at the government-run MMC Hospital.

The doctor was on a round when Minara’s family members attacked her.

Not only she was slapped and beaten up, some even tried to tear off her clothes.

Minara’s family members accused the hospital authorities of swapping Minara’s newborn with a dead baby. “I was not even involved in the case. When I saw the crowd and tried to reason with them. But they abused me. The patient’s elder brother slapped me. They were trying to tear off my clothes,” said the doctor.

On Saturday, the agitating doctors wore black badges to show their solidarity with the assaulted doctor.

They demanded more awareness on the Assam Medical Service Persons and Medicare Services Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2011, which makes assaults and attacks on any medical practitioner a non-bailable and cognizable offence.

On April 3, doctors and other staff of the hospital had boycotted work at the outpatient department. The doctors demanded installation of CCTV cameras inside the hospital and security for staff members.

“Lack of security encouraged the mob. No one came forward to help me. There was a photographer of a news channel, who was interested in taking footage of the horrible incident rather than helping me. I suspect the crowd was instigated. They should be severely punished,” said the assaulted doctor.

“What happened after the baby was born needs to be looked into. But to attack a doctor is condemnable. We are here to serve patients and we get beaten up,” said another doctor at the hospital.

Courtesy: The Times of India


Link – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Doctors-protest-at-Guwahati-hospital-demand-security/articleshow/33337591.cms