Published : 21st March 2017
The respondents said verbal abuse (75%) was the most common form of violence, followed by threats (51%) and physical assault (12%). All doctors who faced physical violence said they felt angry, frustrated and fearful. Some of them, the survey report published in the National Medical Journal of India said, felt fatigued and had low self-esteem.
Dr Vinod, general secretary of MAMC’s Resident Doctors’ Association, told TOI that violence continues to grow despite assurances from the government. “It is humiliating and frustrating either to be beaten up or abused for no fault. If there is no ICU bed available or overcrowding, how is the doctor to blame?” He added that there was an urgent need to restrict entry of visitors to hospitals.
Citing recent incidents where one JR in the orthopaedic department was slapped and another female senior resident doctor from the paediatric department verbally abused, Dr Vinod said: “Everyone wants to be attended to on priority. Some even flaunt their VIP connections.” According to the MAMC survey, “death of a patient” and “delay in initiation of treatment” were the most common reasons for violence.