The decision to deploy bouncers at the district hospital has met with the disapproval of doctors who say the burly men standing outside the medical institution “create a negative impact on the society”.
Ten bouncers of a private security agency with "good physique" have been appointed and deployed across the hospital, particularly at sensitive spots like the entry gate, hospital emergency, labour room, burns ward and the operation theatres.
The bouncers were hired in the wake of an unfortunate incident recently. On May 11, angry relatives of a patient vandalised the hospital and assaulted a doctor.
A similar incident took place at Indo Gulf hospital on Monday where relatives of a patient, who died a week ago, ransacked the premises.
“Instead of hiring bouncers, we would prefer to contact the nearest police station and the resident welfare associations (RWA). Hiring a bouncer is not the solution to the problem. We are strictly against this move,” said Dr AC Bisaria, president, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Noida.
The medical practitioners also feel that making a bouncer stand outside the hospital will give a negative impression of the place.
“We don’t need bouncers to protect our hospitals and clinics. Hospitals are not pubs or shady places where we need bouncers to provide security. If they are hired, the people will have to face the burden. They will have to pay more for the treatment,” said Dr Mahesh Sharma, an MLA, who also owns Kailash hospital.
“Bouncers have been hired for the safety and security of the hospital staff and patients. On the very first day they were hired, they banned a mobile thief in the hospital. Isn’t it good for the people?,” said one of the senior doctors at the hospital.