Published: April 12, 2017

The recent assaults on doctors in Maharashtra and Delhi has prompted Delhi government to conduct self-defence classes for the medical staff at the Lok Nayak Hospital.

“There have been many incidents of violence against doctors in the recent past. This is a precautionary step from our side, and it is getting a good response from the staff,” said Dr JC Passey, Medical Director, Lok Nayak Hospital.

 In a circular sent to the staff, the hospital has requested staffers to join the programme as this will help them to work more confidently in hostile situations.

The ten-day course started on April 5, two days after the doctor and other staff were assaulted at Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital.

The training session is being conducted by Women and Child Protection Special Unit of the Delhi Police, every day between 10 am and 11 am at the disaster recovery emergency room of the hospital.

“The whole idea is to build up motivation among the staff,” says Dr Ritu Saxena, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Department of Accident and Emergency, and the main brain behind the initiative. “Everyone from doctors, staff nurses, paramedical staff and security guards have been coming for the session, this is the first session and looking at the response, we may organise more of such sessions in the future,” adds she further.

Over 70 staff members are already attending the self-defence classes. “This has given us an added confidence. There are times when we do late night duties in the wards, all by ourselves, and we have to face the angry patients’ and their relatives, this would help us face those situations better,” said a nurse.



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