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Doctors protest against attacks by patients’ kin

To protest against the rising number of cases of assault against doctors by patients' kin, doctors from Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Badalpur, Ambernath, Bhiwandi and Mira Bhyander, kept their clinics and hospitals shut on Tuesday.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2010 00:50 IST
Kiran Sonawane

To protest against the rising number of cases of assault against doctors by patients' kin, doctors from Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Badalpur, Ambernath, Bhiwandi and Mira Bhyander, kept their clinics and hospitals shut on Tuesday.

Pathology labs and diagnostic centres also supported the agitation. “Around 7,500 small and big hospitals remained shut,” said Dr Vivek Bhosale, member of Kalyan Medical Association. Dr Shashi Singh said: “Doctors try their best to save lives. We require support from patients’ relatives. Sometimes when a patient dies, we were targeted.”

“The agitation has two aims: one is to create awareness that they we not killers. We are doctors and try to save lives and serve society. Secondly, we want to question the government what it was doing when doctors and hospitals were attacked.

Now that 15 days have passed since the Badlapur incident, why has even a single person not been arrested?” said Singh.

In Kalyan, doctors carried out the protest in front of the Tahsildaar's office and gave a memorandum to tahsildaar Vivek Chavan. “The government has taken strong steps by making assaults on doctors a cognisable offence and we hope in future the government will come up with stronger steps,” said Chavan.

In Ulhasnagar, doctors met DCP Sarang Awahad who assured the delegation that strong action will be taken against the accused and the police will cooperate with doctors in such cases.