Doctors of Thane Civil Hospital, along with interns and other staff members, protested for two hours on Thursday to demand for better security at the hospital after a group of at least 12 men assaulted three doctors and five interns on Wednesday. Police agreed to their demands and deployed constables at the hospital.
Meanwhile, the cops arrested five people in the case.
During the protest, the casualty ward was kept open to not affect patients. Also, a meeting with Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (MAGMO) doctors and Thane Civil Hospital doctors was held on the issue. “No patient was affected by the protest and we resumed work after two hours. We feel unsafe at times but now that the police has assured us more security, we hope such incidents will not take place again,” said B C Kempipatil, surgeon, Thane Civil Hospital.
Around 3 pm on Wednesday, a group of more than 12 people allegedly assaulted three doctors in Thane Civil Hospital for delaying treatment of their friend and threatened and abused five interns. Some of the accused were identified as Mujafar Kadar Memom,36, Arafat Anim Paltr,23, Osama Salim Shaikh,20, and Zishan alias Jishu Firoz Sarang,18.
Nilam Gupta, an intern at the hospital, said, “We work for 24 hours at a stretch and, in return, we can’t be treated in such a way by the patients’ relatives. We are here to help them.”Deputy commisioner of police, zone -1 , Abhishek Trimukhe said, “We have arrested five men in the case. They have confessed to the crime and we are questioning them to find out where the absconding accused are.” He added, “We have also deployed 12 police constables at the hospital.”