Medical services hit across nation as doctors strike work against Kolkata attack

Last Modified Friday, 14 June 2019 (16:06 IST)
New Delhi: Medical services across the nation on Friday witnessed a slowdown as doctors across the nation marked their protest against the incidents of violence against doctors in West Bengal.
Indian Medical Association  directed members of all its state branches to stage protests and wear black badges on Friday in view of marking their protest against the violence targeting doctors in West Bengal.
Resident doctors association members of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here  continued  their protest against violence in and wore helmet while working. As proposed on Thursday, the resident doctors here also observed a one day strike wherein various services will be carried on with certain restrictions like the OPD and others.
However, emergency services , labour room and maternity services and other support services are to function normally, the institution sources said here.
Meanwhile, the Resident Doctors Association has also written to the Union Health Minsiter demanding central security and a law for resident doctors' protection.
Citing the West Bengal violence incidents, AIIMS RDA has sought immediate security intervention by centre to stop politically motivated atrocity on the protesting doctors in West Bengal.
They have also demanded adaptation of a uniform security code applicable to all government healthcare facilities across the country, and also demanded recruitment of armed and unarmed competent security guards for government hospitals.
The association has demanded for technically advanced security measures such as CCTVs and hotline alarm syste,s in case of such situations and also regular security audits.
Speaking to UNI a private medical practitioner in the Capital said that when such incidents happen doctors especially women doctors feel quite unsafe and there is a sense of insecurity that also bothers people from the profession.
'' When people such incidents take place it is a very disturbing feeling as a doctor who works for curing someone from ailments and physical pain and trauma is being subjected to the same'', the doctor said.
Delhi Medical Association and several other such organisations also strongly condemned such incidents and are protesting against such atrocities.
Meanwhile , Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi also marked its protest against the violence as private OPD of the hospital did not open on Friday while all the doctors of the Sir Ganga Ram hospital also expressed full support to the doctors in West Bengal.