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State promises better security, CCTVs in all govt hospitals

mumbai Updated: Sep 11, 2011 00:51 IST
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The state government has promised better security and immediate installation of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV)in all government hospitals, on the third day of the doctors’ strike on Saturday.

The strike broke out after two incidents of patients' relatives bashing up doctors – at GMC Hospital in Aurangabad on Wednesday and at Sion hospital on Thursday.

Maharashtra medical education minister Vijaykumar Gavit appealed to the doctors to call off the strike, agreeing to beef up hospital security.

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) asked for increase in security at all entry and exit points of hospitals, and competent security guards.

Besides, they have also demanded police chowkies near hospitals and strict restriction on the number of relatives meeting patients.

“The security of doctors is the first priority of the government. We will be reviewing all the security contracts in hospitals and renew those that have lapsed, with better and more efficient agencies. We will also install CCTVs in all government hospitals in the state to prevent such attacks in the future,” Gavit said, while talking to the media.