State health minister Anil Vij on Monday appealed to the agitating Haryana Civil Medical ServicesAssociation (HCMSA) doctors to call off their agitation, claiming that the government was sympathetically looking into their demands.
The doctors are protesting against the vandalism at Jind civil hospital and assault on doctors on duty on November 5 night, after a trader, Darshan Pal, died of bullet injuries sustained in a shooting.
The doctors have been alleging that the police failed to provide security to doctors, allowing miscreants to beat up doctors in the presence of superintendent of police Anil Dhawan.
Talking to mediapersons during a public darbar at PWD Rest House, Vij said the government had taken serious note of the violence against the hospital staff and doctors, and it would not tolerate such acts against this respected strata of society.
Stating that violence against doctors was not justified, the minister said he had seen the CCTV footage when the victim was being taken for treatment, and he was duly escorted by a doctor.
Vij said an inquiry at the highest level was being conducted and the guilty would be punished, adding that if the enquiry found the police lacking, action would be initiated against them as well.
Urging the doctors to take note of government’s seriousness and call off the agitation in public interest, he said he had met a delegation of Haryana Civil Medical Services Association and assured them of justice.
Meanwhile, doctors at civil hospitals in Cantt, City, Naraingarh and Mullana, government dispensaries and primary health centres wore black badges to protest against the violence.
State Indian Medical Association patron Dr DS Jaspal demanded adequate security to doctors at government and private hospitals, in view of increasing cases of violence against them.