1.2K guards to man 14 medical colleges in Maharashtra
The expected expense for the additional security will be Rs33.77 crore and this move will ensure the altercations between patients and doctors don’t escalate muchmumbai Updated: Mar 31, 2017 07:55 IST
The state government will deploy 1,231 guards at 14 medical colleges in the state to provide doctors with better security, said a government resolution issued on Thursday. The expected expense for the additional security will be Rs33.77 crore and this move will ensure the altercations between patients and doctors don’t escalate much.
Last year, Maharashtra State Security Corporation had submitted a detailed proposition to the state government about deploying security personnel at 14 medical colleges.
“Due to the involvement of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, we have been asked to follow the deadlines strictly this time. As the security will be provided by MSSC, which is a part of the state government and there is no question of floating tenders, work will take place in full speed,” said a senior official from the state medical education department.
The state had written to Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) and Bombay High Court saying that 500 security guards, capable of maintaining law and order, will be deployed by April 5 and the remaining by April 30.
Dr Yashowardhan Kabra, President of Central MARD, said even after repeated meetings and promises, the issue of security has been delayed because of a government resolution which was passed on Thursday. “As a follow up, we sent a letter to the state government asking them to issue the GR as soon as possible so that the implementation could take place. The attacks are still taking place and it will be better if necessary documentation is done immediately,” said Dr Kabra.
The state has also appointed Praveen Dixit, former DIG, to head a committee that will conduct an audit of security in government medical colleges and submit a report. “We are yet to receive orders from state officials about starting the audit. Once we get it, necessary mechanism will be put in place,” said Dixit.
Moreover other measures like pass system for one-patient-two-relatives norm is already in place at almost all the hospitals.
While the state government’s security measures are yet to be implemented, four medical colleges of Mumbai like KEM, LTMG Sion, BYL Nair and Cooper Hospitals have already been provided with 15-20 guards each by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.