TNN | Jun 6, 2012, 03.57 AM IST

MADURAI/TRICHY: House surgeons and medical staff in Madurai and Trichy boycotted their work and staged a protest condemning the misbehavior of a lawyer who was accused of assaulting a duty doctor at the Government General Hospital in Chennai on Friday last.

In Madurai, the agitating house surgeons sat in the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) premises and demanded the immediate arrest of the persons behind the assault. They demanded that adequate protection should be given to doctors as incidents of threat and assault on the medical fraternity was on the rise.

The house surgeons also threatened to intensify the protest of action was not taken against the accused. On Friday last, A Rajesh, a house surgeon on duty at the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital in Chennai was verbally abused and manhandled by a group of men who came to visit a patient.

“Few relatives of the patients come in an inebriated state to the hospital. They pick up quarrel with the health staff and sometimes even assault us. The government should provide adequate security personnel to hospitals to prevent such incidents,” said an agitating house surgeon. The house surgeons said that the protest would continue until the accused are arrested.

Meanwhile, a number of compulsory resident internees along with post-graduate medical students and nurses struck work at Annal Gandhi Government Hospital on Tuesday.

After raising slogans against the objectionable behavior of the Chennai lawyers and the refusal of the government to file criminal cases against the doctor under the Tamil Nadu Hospital Protection Act, the medicos put forth a few demands for further action from the government including increased protection to doctors at government hospitals across the state.

They said that permanent police protection should be given to maternity and intensive care units and only one person should be allowed to accompany the patient in the hospital. However, the protesters returned to work a few hours later after state health minister Dr V S Vijay, who was on a visit to inspect the progress of the chief minister’s comprehensive health insurance scheme launched on January 11 this year, intervened. The protesters returned to their work after the minister assured them that their demands would be taken into serious consideration.

Vijay said the matter of posting policemen at intensive care units would be brought to the attention of the chief minister and assured that efforts would be on to fix CCTV cameras in all the government hospitals. The medical college students of Thanjavur too carried out a protest march on the same issue.

Courtesy: The Times of India


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