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3 assaults in 1 month: Pune resident doctors say ‘protect our lives’; demand security

The black ribbon protest of two hours was in the wake of the latest attack on a lady doctor at the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) under the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The services of the Out Patient Department (OPD) were affected due to the protest.

pune Updated: Oct 09, 2017 23:52 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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As per the directive of the high court, armed security guards were to be provided at all hospitals. (HT PHOTO)

Resident doctors of BJ Government Medical College (BJGMC) organised a protest on Monday to emphasise the lack of security for resident doctors in various medical colleges and hospitals across the state and demanded corrective measures.

Within a month, three doctors have been assaulted in Pune district. The black ribbon protest of two hours was in the wake of the latest attack on a lady doctor at the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) under the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.

On September 19, a Pune doctor was attacked with a knife by a 75-year-old patient who was upset with his allegedly costly treatment while on September 9, a Pimple-Saudagar based gynecologist was attacked with sharp weapons for refusing to abort a foetus. The services of the Out Patient Department (OPD) were affected due to the protest.

On Saturday, a lady gynaecologist was assaulted by the mother and another female relative of a 25-year-old woman who delivered a stillborn baby at the YCMH. Shocked by the death, which was least expected as the doctors had assured that everything was progressing normally, the relatives created a pandemonium at the hospital and assaulted the doctor. A police complaint was filed against the assailants.

Ajay Vane, general secretary, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD ), BJGMC, said, “We have since long raised the question of lack of security for resident doctors in medical colleges in the state. The recent attack on the doctor at YCMH is among the incidents that have highlighted these issues.”

Vane said as per the directive of the high court, armed security guards were to be provided at all hospitals. “These guards were seen only for six months, and recently, all of them stopped working as their salaries have been pending,” he added.

The protest was organised to draw the attention of the state government to their concern on security at the workplace. Members of MARD met the Dean of BJ Medical College who assured them that guards will soon be provided and their concerns addressed.

MARD will decide on the future course of action after conducting meetings with its members and the authorities. “We will decide in the coming two days if we need to intensify the protests,” Vane said.

First Published: Oct 09, 2017 23:51 IST