Monday, February 6, 2023

Medical services cripple as doctors protest


Jamshedpur: Patients at state-owned Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital ( MGM) at Sakchi and Tata Main Hospital faced harrowing time on as doctors took out protest march against the murder of doctor in Gumla.

Over 200 doctors including around junior doctors then marched from MGM roundabout to district collectorate and submitted a memorandum addressed to state chief minister Raghubar Das through the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal.

They strongly condemning the growing acts of violence against doctors. The IMA has sought intervention from the district administration to prevent attendants of patients from resorting to violent behavior.

During the meeting DC Amitabh Kaushal assured that steps would be taken to ensure safety and security of the medical fraternity. He also sought suggestions from the doctors to improve health services of the district particularly of MGM Hospital.

“The deputy commissioner has assured us that steps would be taken to ensure our safety. We are satisfied with the response from the administration,” said a doctor. He went on to add that the doctors community have become a soft target as people want them to issue death certificate even for unnatural deaths without formally registering with the police.

In the last few years the city has also witnessed several such incidents wherein the aggrieved family members, relatives and acquaintances of the deceased patients tend to misbehave with the doctor on duty for his/her alleged negligence.  Lodging strong protest against the conduct of the patients’ attendants, the IMA has said if things continue to move in such a fashion it would get difficult for doctors to perform their duty without fear.

Meanwhile, Sahiba Parvez of Mango was suffering from pain after a dog bite her. She had come for taking medicines for dog bite from the OPD unit of MGM Medical College and Hospital.

However not finding any doctors she had to return home after spending two hours at the OPD after being informed by others that the doctors were on agitation. They demanded stringent action against the culprits involved in attack on the doctor. A delegation led IMA handed over a memorandum to DC and demanded security cover.

IMA district official R. P Thakur admitted of the problems faced by patients but said that doctors were forced to resort to such an agitation for their own security.

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