Jamshedpur doctors take out protest march, OPD services disrupted

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Jamshedpur, June 18: Doctors under the banner of Indian Medical Association (IMA )took out a protest march holding banners and posers from MGM to DC office. The delegation handed over a memo to the DC. OPD services were completely disrupted in MGM, Sadar Hospital, BNH, Medica and Mercy.

IMA condemned the Kolkata incident and demanded a legislation for  security of doctors’ fraternity which shall be a minimum of 7 years imprisonment. The nation-wide strike call given by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) protesting the attack on doctors in West Bengal affectted the outpatient department (OPD) services in the city on Monday.

“Attack against doctors in hospitals has become a common thing nowadays, so we want a national-level law for safety and security of the doctors. Hospitals should be declared as safe zone. All associations have extended support for our strike,” said Dr Mritunjay Singh, general secretary IMA.

Keeping the strike in mind, the administration had asked the medical colleges and hospitals to ensure that patient care services should not be affected on Monday.

About 250 doctors including around 50 junior doctors then took out a rally from MGM roundabout to district collectorate and submitted a memorandum addressed to state chief minister Raghubar Das through the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner.

Strongly condemning the growing acts of violence against doctors, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has sought intervention from the Government to provide security cover to the medical fraternity.

 “We are here to express our concern over the incident in West Bengal. The rally was called by Indian Medical Association (state unit) and Jharkhand  State Health Services Association (JSHSA) and witnessed overwhelming response,” said an official.

The demands raised in the memorandum include arresting and punishment of the culprits involved in the attacks of the doctors, implementation of the Medical Protection Act in the state, payment of adequate compensation for the deceased’s family and giving of service to any of the family members of the deceased.

Meanwhile, MdParvez of Mango who was suffering from high fever had come for taking medicines from the OPD unit of MGM Medical College and Hospital. However not finding any doctors he had to return home after spending two hours at the OPD after being informed by others that the doctors were on agitation.

Another doctor said that in the last few years the Bengal has witnessed several such incidents of crime. Sometimes the aggrieved family members, relatives and acquaintances of the deceased patients tend to misbehave with the doctor on duty for his/her alleged negligence.

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