Pune: After a female gynaecologist was assaulted at Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) recently, the question of security of resident doctors in medical colleges has again come to the fore.
Following this incident, doctors of BJ General Medical College (BJGMC) protested on Monday to emphasise the issue of lack of security of resident doctors in various medical colleges and hospitals. Resident doctors participated in a two-hour protest wearing black ribbons. The Out Patient Department (OPD) services were affected during the protest.
Dr Ajay Vane, General Secretary Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), BJGMC, Pune said that they have since long raised the question of lack of security of resident doctors in medical colleges in the state.
“The recent attack on the doctor at YCMH and a murder at Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur have again highlighted these issues.
As per the directive of the High Court, armed security guards were provided at all hospitals. These guards were seen only for six months and recently all of them have stopped working as their salaries have been pending at BJGMC. We protested as they want the State government to take serious note of lack of security,” said Vane.
He further added that on Monday members of MARD interacted with the Dean of BJ Medical College Dr Ajay Chandanwale.
“He has assured us that the guards will soon be provided and the issue of lack of security of resident doctors would be addressed. The further action plan for protests would be decided within two days after conducting meetings with the members and authorities.
“There is a meeting scheduled on October 10 in Nagpur. We want to ensure that security guards are provided by the State government in all medical colleges across the state. If we need to intensify the protests we will decide it in the coming two days,” he added.