PUNE: There have been zero incidents of attacks on doctors in the city-based Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) in the past one year due to security personnel being deployed at high-risk sections of the hospital and strict implementation of the rule which allows only one relative along with the patient.
Lack of implementation of these rules and inadequate staff was what caused the assault on Mumbai-based JJ Hospital’s doctor on Saturday, alleged the members of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) from that hospital.
Speaking about the security system in SGH, Dr Ajay Vane, Secretary General of MARD, Pune, said that the security personnel do their work properly which makes the resident doctors feel safe.
“The security personnel are deployed everywhere in the hospital especially in high-risk areas like the casualty ward. Many such incidents were seen to have happened in the casualty section. But because of the security, we feel safe in the hospital,” said Dr Vane.
Dr Sarang Donarkar, President of MARD, JJ Hospital in Mumbai said, “The number of security personnel is less. Last year, after the strike we were assured that there will be at least one security person in each ward. But till date, it has not happened. The fact cannot be neglected that after the attack on doctors on Saturday, the security personnel reached the place of attack after 20 minutes.”
Moreover, Dr Donarkar said the assault happened in the women’s ward. “The video of the assault testifies that there were three men with the relatives. One may ask why three men were allowed in the women’s ward,” said Dr Donarkar.
SECURITY AT SGH
At Sassoon General Hospital, the policy of one relative with every patient is followed very strictly, said Dr Ajay Taware, the hospital’s Medical Superintendent. “More relatives are not allowed. This keeps the number of relatives in the hospital restricted. The stringent implementation of this, as well as, deployment of security personnel have brought down the number of attacks to zero in last one year,” said Taware.
STRIKE BY JJ HOSP DOCS
Resident doctors at JJ hospital in Mumbai are on strike following the assault on two resident doctors on Saturday. MARD doctors met with Directorate of Medical Education (DMER), however, their demand of having at least one security person at each ward was not fulfilled. Hence the strike continues at JJ Hospital in Mumbai.