TNN | Sep 8, 2016.

SURAT: Over 100 resident doctors of Surat Municipal Institute of Medical Education and Research (SMIMER) continued to strike work for the second day on Wednesday to protest attack on three doctors on Tuesday by friends and family of a patient.

The doctors are demanding strict action against them and want better security at hospital to prevent similar attacks in the future.

A series of meetings were held between the striking doctors and senior officials of SMIMER throughout the day but remained inconclusive.

Three more persons involved in the attack were arrested on Tuesday following a complaint filed at the Varachha police station. Representations to police were also made by officials of SMIMER and Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) for strict action against the accused.

Meanwhile, the resident doctors refused to resume work till their second demand of improving overall security is fulfilled. The doctors alleged that the institute has hired security service on contract basis and the guards are not fit enough to protect them in time of crisis.

The striking doctors are demanding that only ex-armymen be appointed as security guards. The college authorities claimed that they are working towards ending the strike.

“Things are moving in positive direction. We have agreed to improve the security and the process has begun. It will improve in some time,” said Kalpana Desai, dean, SMIMER.

Three doctors and two ward boys at SMIMER suffered injuries on Tuesday after they were attacked by a patient’s friends and relatives. The accused attacked the doctors alleging delay in providing treatment to Hitesh Jadav, 17, who was injured after an audio speaker fell on him in Laldarwaja while he was moving with a procession bringing a Ganesh idol. Jadav was advised a CT scan as he had a head injury, but the scanner at SMIMER was not functioning properly which caused the delay.

At least 20 persons abused and thrashed doctors and ward boys. Resident doctors Samarth Patel, Mitesh Modi and Lalit Patel suffered injuries along with ward boys Jignesh Patel and Rakesh Patel as the group punched and kicked them. The group also damaged furniture, partition and doors at the hospital. Police later arrested Chetan Parmar, Vijay Makwana and Abhishek Patel for the violence.

Courtesy: The Times of India


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