MARD protests at SGH

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Ajay Vane, General Secretary of MARD at SGH said various issues have to be taken up to address the problem of security for resident doctors at hospitals across the State.

PUNE: The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctor (MARD) protested on Tuesday at the Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) to underline issues faced by resident doctors at the hospital. They demanded amendments in the Doctors Protection Act  (DPA) so that the act is a more stringent deterrent for attacks on doctors.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Ajay Vane, General Secretary of MARD at SGH said various issues have to be taken up to address the problem of security for resident doctors at hospitals across the State. “With strict rules and regulations now in place, the number of assaults on doctors have reduced in the last one year. However, some matters are still at hand and we want to bring the attention of authorities towards them,” said Dr Vane.

Dr Vane said, “There is a need for more security at the hospital. Also, the routine hours for resident doctors are very long. They should be limited so there is not much stress on the doctors.”

He said an alarm system should be put in place to alert security personnel in case of any emergency. “There should be a stringent DPA wherein justice is served. Compensation for resident doctors facing assault should be given. There should be non-bailable arrests. Three years of imprisonment with Rs 50,000 fine is not sufficient,” he said.

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