Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: The medical fraternity in Odisha on Monday joined the nation-wide day-long total withdrawal of non-essential services to protest against the violence meted on doctors.
While emergency and causalty services continued to function, all non-essential services including Out-Patient Departments will be shut for 24 hours. As a result, patients were nominally affected. All Associations of the fraternity namely Odisha Medical Students Association, Orissa Medical Teachers’ Association, Resident Doctors Association, PHAO, JDA, Students Union, IMA Medical Students Network joined the struggle.
Protests erupted at the state-run NRS Hospital in West Bengal last week and spread across India after an intern doctor was allegedly beaten up by the kin of a 75-year-old patient who died there. Alleging medical negligence, the family members of the deceased patient thrashed an intern named Paribaha Mukherjee, who sustained a serious skull injury.
“Indian Medical Association condemns the violence against the doctors in West Bengal. IMA demands exemplary action by the State Government of West Bengal. All the legitimate demands of the Resident Doctors in West Bengal should be accepted unconditionally,” the press release stated.
The striking doctors demanded that safety and security in the hospitals need to be addressed and ensured. They also called for a NATIONAL LAW AGAINST HOSPITAL VIOLENCE. “The law should provide a minimum of seven years imprisonment for hospital violence. Hospitals should be declared as safe zones and provision of security should be the responsibility of the state,” said the doctors.
“Violence in hospitals will adversely affect the patient care. Threat of violence increases the stress levels of health care workers. Sound judgment regarding patient care will be compromised in such situations,” said a medical student.