Mumbai: Hospitals prepare to send doctors show-cause notices
Doctors, however, said that they would not resume work so long as they felt insecure in their work places.mumbai Updated: Mar 22, 2017 01:02 IST
After the Bombay high court called for disciplinary action against resident doctors striking work on Tuesday, deans of major municipal hospitals are preparing to send show-cause notices to the doctors.
Dr Avinash Supe, dean of KEM Hospital, said notices will be sent to the doctors by Wednesday. “I am preparing the notices right now and they will be sent by tomorrow,” he said.
Doctors, however, said that they would not resume work so long as they felt insecure in their work places.“After the recent assaults on resident doctors by patients’ relatives we don’t feel safe. How are we expected to deliver quality treatment to patients?” asked a resident doctor at a press conference on Tuesday, organised by the Indian Medical Association.
Doctors asked why the BMC had been lax in implementing the state government’s June 2016 order to restrict the number of relatives accompanying patients at all civic and state-run hospitals to two.
“We are not putting forth new demands. We just want the high court’s order of June 2016 to allow only two relatives per patient and increase armed security to be implemented,” said a resident doctor. The moment this is implemented we will resume work and fulfil our duties,” he added.
However, Dr Supe said that the order was not easy to implement, given the number of patients who visit OPDs every day. “We have already asked security guards to restrict the number of visitors per patient to two but it has not been easy to do so,” he said.
“Around 7,000 patients visit the OPD at KEM Hospital every day and there will be long queues outside the gates if the order is implemented without planning. We are trying to work out how to implement the order as quickly as possible,” he added.