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Resident doctors strike:three policemen suspended


In the protest against attack on a resident doctor, resident doctors in the State called an indefinite strike today; three policemen responsible for the assault are suspended

MARDMumbai: The policemen accused of assaulting resident doctor at Solapur’s VMMC medical college are suspended. As informed by Police Commissioner Pradip Raskar, three policemen including Police Inspector Arun Waykar are suspended.

In the protest against attack on resident doctor of VMMC Medical College in Solapur by three policemen, resident doctors in the State has called an indefinite strike from Thursday, 2nd January. Medical Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) demanded appropriate action against the guilty policemen, informed Dr Santosh Wakchaure, President of MARD who is currently working with Solapur Medical College. Around 4500 resident doctors participated in a strike. Concerned hospitals have taken necessary measures so that the patients would not suffer by this strike.

Last year, doctors had gone on strike in the month of May for security issues when they were assured of the installation of CCTV systems in hospitals but in reality the cameras were installed at very few places.

According to MARD, Medical Studies Division is not serious about Doctors Protection Act, Protection committee etc. Whereas, the Director of Medical Studies and Research, Dr Pravin Shingare claims that CCTV cameras are installed in the medical colleges of State and security guards are also appointed in the premises.

The incident

Dr Prashant Patil works in surgical department of Solapur Medical College. He was taking patient for CT Scan/MRI on Monday morning when three policemen came there along with one pregnant woman. They asked Dr Patil to do the treatment of that lady. But Dr Patil told him that he don’t belong to the Gynecologist department so he can not treat her. On this, policemen attacked him, beat him and went off but the whole incidence was recorded in a CCTV camera.

Home ministry against the Police bits

MARD has a long awaited demand for the Police bits in every medical college since doctors are often attacked. They also sent proposal to Home Ministry for the same but it was not approved on the grounds of inadequate number of policemen.

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