PUNE: Doctors from the Pune chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) from the city feel that only 40 per cent security officials are on duty at government hospitals. The High Court had issued an order earlier this year to maintain security forces to ensure that there are no cases of violence at government hospitals.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Prakash Marathe, President of IMA, Pune, said that initially the order was being followed.
“However, after one and half months, there are no security guards, as there is some salary issue. And now the condition is that there are only 40 per cent security guards present at the hospitals to ensure the safety of the doctors,” said Marathe.
Further highlighting the problems faced by the resident doctors, Dr Jayant Navrange said that resident doctors work for more than 48 hours a week.
“According to the standard, the resident doctors should work for maximum 48 hours a week. And not more than 12 hours at a stretch, as they have further studies. However, the doctors have more work and are burdened with more working hours. This can directly affect their work quality,” said Navrange.
He further highlighted that the doctors currently work for around 96 hours. “They also serve for 24 hours at the time of emergency and sometimes twice a week in an emergency. We request concerned authorities to reduce this stressful schedule to 12 hours during emergency ward service and otherwise six hours for six days in a week. Because if under the pressure and stress, the doctor commits some mistake, the whole blame will be on him,” said Navrange.