Following two incidents of clash between families of patients and doctors in Hamidia Hospital on Monday, about 200 junior doctors refused to come to duty on Tuesday. The doctors staged protest in front of the hospital demanding change in the security arrangements.
The protesting doctors demanded floating of new tenders to recruit young security guards who can protect them whenever situations arise. They also met the medical superintendent of the hospital Dr DK Pal, who assured them he would look into their demands and appropriate steps would be taken soon.
On Monday, relatives of a seven-year-old child, who had died at the hospital because of respiratory complications, had roughed up some junior doctors and ransacked the hospital property.
Junior Doctors Association president, Adarash Bajpai, told Hindustan Times that in last one year nearly a dozen such incidents have taken place in the hospital.
"After the Monday incident, some junior doctors were again roughed up by some angry family members as the CT scan machine developed a technical snag and the junior doctors on duty couldn't conduct the scan. Because of these two incidents in the last 24 hours, junior doctors are feeling unsafe and have refused to come to duty," he said.
Meanwhile, the services of the hospital were severely affected following the doctors' agitation. Many patients who had travelled from far off places failed to find doctors and had to suffer as emergency ward services too were halted.
Gouri Shankar, who had come all the way from Vidisha, said, "Now I will have to stay somewhere for the night and come here again. I was feeling pain in my chest for many days and wanted to consult the doctors here," he said.
Bajpai said the number of thefts too have increased in the hospital because of poor security arrangement. "Imagine poor patients getting robbed here" he said, adding, "We don't want to protest as patients suffer because of that. But we are being forced as we don't feel safe during duty hours."