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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 7:31 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 7:31 AM (IST)

Docs suspend work for an hour

Wear black badges to protest violence against doctors in West Bengal
Docs suspend work for an hour
Doctors protest violence against their counterparts in West Bengal, at the DC office in Ludhiana on Friday. Ashwani Dhiman

Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14

Doctors of Civil Hospital and members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) today suspended work from 11 am to 12 pm in protest against the attack on junior doctors, Dr Paribaha Mukhopadhyay and Dr Yash Tekwani, at NRS Medical Hospital in West Bengal on June 11. The doctors’ protest that started in Kolkata earlier this week has now spread across India.

The West Bengal incident has once again raised concerns about the security of the doctors. Dr Avinash Jindal, medicine specialist from Civil Hospital, said of late, many incidents of violence against doctors had come to light. “Doctors make every effort to save the life of a patient but they are not God. Violence against doctors should be stopped. The safety of the doctors is of great concern in present times,” he said.

“Such incidents have become frequent these days,” said Dr Rohit Rampal, a dermatologist at Civil Hospital.

The IMA launched the agitation in view of increasing incidence of violence against doctors and demanded a national law against hospital violence.

“It has been observed that an increase in violence cases will adversely affect the public health at large. Institutions will be reluctant to take up complicated and risky patients which will ultimately affect the public health at large,” said Dr PS Jassal, president of Ludhiana IMA.

Meanwhile, the doctors staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner office, wore black armbands and submitted a memorandum to the SDM, Amarjit Singh Bains.

Dr William Bhatti, Director, Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), said the entire CMC faculty and students stood in support of the doctors of West Bengal. The doctors wore black badges on duty to register their protest.

The Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare (ADEH) condemned the incident. “We appeal to the West Bengal Government to acknowledge the concerns of the junior doctors, to take stern action against the perpetrators of this heinous crime and to provide a safe working environment for all doctors so that 

they can carry out their duties without apprehension or fear,” said Dr Arun Mitra and  Dr GS Grewal, members of the core committee of the Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare.

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