Aurangabad: Police have arrested three persons for allegedly assaulting a resident doctor of Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Nanded under the influence of alcohol early on Friday.
Following the incident, the resident doctors went on a mass bunk from 4am saying they would not call off their strike until the accused were arrested. After the arrests, the resident doctors called off their 12-hour long strike, reports ToI.
According to the police, two of the three accused were arrested by 11.30am. The third accused was arrested by noon. The arrested persons are Aniket Sharma, Lalchandra Raitre and Vijay Bhagwandas.
“An FIR has been lodged against Sharma, Raitre and Bhagwandas for violence and obstructing government employees in their duty. We presented the accused before the local court which remanded them in one-day police custody,” said Dilip Gade, assistant inspector of the Nanded rural police station.
Dr Sanjay Mutyepod, president of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), Nanded, said, “Three persons, who were in an inebriated state, assaulted the resident doctor (Medicine Junior Doctor Nihal Khan, Duty Medical Officer) in the casualty ward for no fault of his. They hit the medico with a chair. The assault resulted in the doctor receiving neck injuries after which he was admitted for treatment. The incident took place around 3am. An hour later, the resident doctors resorted to mass bunk.”
Dr Sagar Mundada, president, Central MARD, said, “Thirty-three resident doctors were beaten up last year. This is the 7th incident this year.”
Following the incident, the Central MARD put forward its three main demands:
1. Immediate provision of firearm license to doctors for their defence.
2. Tabling of bill for amendment in Doctors’ Protection Act 2010 to increase the punishment to eight years as presently it’s not non-bailable because any punishment less then seven years has been made bailable by the Supreme Court.
3. Implementation of the pass system in hospitals to restrict the entry of only two relatives with every patient.
Dr Sagar Mundada said, “On 2nd July, the Medical Education Minister (Vinod Tawde) gave in writing that only two relatives will be allowed with every patient. Ten months on and nothing has happened to introduce this pass system. It’s a simple measure which does not put financial burden on the government, makes hospitals less chaotic, chances of hospital acquired infections to patients also become less, and reduces attacks on doctors because majority of the times it is the mob psychology which results in these assaults.”
He further said, “We have given the deadline of 31st May for each of the demands to be met failing which we will do whatever it takes to fight and protect ourselves.”
According to Dr Mundada, MARD has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis regarding the safety of doctors. MARD has also registered its grievance regarding assaults on doctors with the Prime Minister.
by Pooja Pandey
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