Attack on Chennai doctor sparks protest



APRIL 23, 2006 00:00 IST



UPDATED: MARCH 22, 2012 16:47 IST


Staff Reporter

Doctors, medical students demand police protection in Government hospitals in the State “This is not an isolated incident. Such assaults take place regularly”

MADURAI: The assault on a post-graduate medical student at the Institute of Child Health (ICH) in Egmore, Chennai, triggered a protest by students here who boycotted duty on Saturday demanding immediate action from police against those involved in the attack.

Hundreds of post-graduate students, house surgeons and under-graduate MBBS students gathered at the Government Rajaji Hospital urging the State Government to take steps to trace and punish the persons who assaulted the student.

The students went on a one-day strike and boycotted their hospital duties in protest against the incident. Speaking on behalf of the protesting students of Madurai Medical College, G. Karthikeyan, a PG student in paediatrics, said the Chennai student was assaulted by some persons following the death of a new-born baby “who had congenital heart defect and was brought to the ICH in a critical condition.”

Stating that the baby was taken to a private hospital before coming to the ICH, the student said the baby died even after admission to the intensive care unit “but some people started to attack and, in the process, a PG medical student at the paediatric ward was severely assaulted.”

The injured student was admitted to the Government General Hospital in Chennai, he said and added that the Government and police must trace and take action against the guilty.

Protection sought

Meanwhile, the angry students and house surgeons have collectively appealed to the Government to ensure that there is protection to doctors working in Government hospitals. “This is not an isolated incident. Such assaults are taking place regularly and we want police protection,” PG students P. Rajendran and R. Balaji told reporters after the agitation. They said more police security posts should be established in Government hospitals particularly in places such as paediatrics wards.

Earlier, students submitted a representation to V.K. Samilal, Dean in-charge, GRH, listing their demands.

Courtesy: The Hindu


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