Doctors plan protest against assaults



Patna, Dec. 23: A delegation of members of the Bihar branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Bihar Health Services Association today submitted a memorandum to the director-general of police in protest against a slew of assaults on doctors in the past three days.

On Thursday, the attendants of a patient who died at IGIMS, Patna, created a ruckus at the hospital and threatened attending doctors and employees of dire consequences. The threat of violence followed other similar incidents on December 21 in Kishanganj and on December 22 at Forbesganj.

In the wake of the assaults on doctors, the IMA has threatened to launch statewide protests. The details will be decided at a meeting on January 8, 2017, so that the Prakash Utsav celebrations do not suffer.

Ajay Kumar, senior vice-president of the state IMA, said: “A person, who died of electrocution, was brought to a primary health centre at Bahadurganj, Kishanganj on December 22. The patient’s attendants resorted to violence after the patient was declared dead on arrival.”

Ajay added that the incident in Forbesganj, was after the patient with eclampsia (high risk pregnancy) was referred to another centre. “The attendants refused, and forced the doctors to deliver the child, following which the mother died from post-partum haemorrhage,” he said. “The agitated attendants beat up the employees and ransacked the centre.” At Kishanganj, an FIR has been lodged but no one has been arrested.

IMA secretary Harihar Dikshit said: “We have taken these incidents seriously as we do not tolerate violence against doctors.”

Courtesy: The Telegraph


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