Pune: Showing solidarity with the resident doctors at the JJ Hospital in Mumbai, who went on a strike demanding security at every ward, the resident doctors at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal (LTM) Medical College and General Hospital, Sion in Mumbai also went on a mass bunk of the OPD on Monday.
However, emergency services at both hospitals were being conducted effectively. The strike has been called after a brutal attack on two doctors at JJ Hospital on Saturday.
The letter issued by the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), LTM Medical College and General Hospital stated, ““It is so horrible that after observing the CCTV footage of the incident, our heart is pained and minds are full of fear and insecurity.
“It is very unpleasant to share the burden of public health when the system cannot run without us. Yet, the government is not serious about our working conditions and security.”
Speaking about the day-long solidarity strike, Dr Harshal Kumar Mahajan, General Secretary, MARD, Lokamnya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Sion said though the hospital has adequate security for resident doctors, there are still lapses in it.
“The hospital has 309 guards. Late night on Sunday, an incident happened where around 30 relatives of a patient were present in the recovery room and they were very aggressive. They were on the verge of attacking the resident doctor when we tried to stop them and immediately called the security personnel,” Mahajan said. He also recalled that around 20 security guards came to the room but were not able to control the situation.
“The guards refused to help us keep the situation in control stating that the relatives are local goons. We have mentioned this lack of training of security personnel to the dean as such incidents are happening for the last six months,” said Mahajan.
He said the alarms are also available at the hospital but inefficient security personnel make the environment more threatening.
Speaking about how these attacks can be successfully stopped, Dr Manjeet Santre from the Psychiatry Department of the Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) said doctors can avert a tense situation with patients if they imbibe a few habits.
“The most important part to prevent such attack is to have good communication skills, an anticipation of an attack or escalation of the situation. The doctors should gather resources and respond. No security system can ensure total safety. After all, a single relative can also beat up the doctor and even a single slap leads to psychological trauma. Hence, we have to safeguard ourselves,” said Santre.
Minister assures additional security
- The members of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors at JJ Hospital in Mumbai said they had a successful meeting with Minister Girish Mahajan. He has assured them that an adequate number of guards will be provided at the hospital. However, the strike will continue till the additional security is provided.
- Jaipur Association of Residents Doctors (JARD) has also condemned the attack. A statement issued by JARD noted that Maharashtra has witnessed maximum attacks on doctors and such assaults are a national concern.