On 10th June, an incident of attacking an intern at Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, came to light, where it was alleged by the relatives of the patient that the patient died due to medical negligence. The intern named Paribaha Mukherjee was critically injured and is now fighting for life.
The incident has raised serious concerns regarding the security of doctors in our nation. It has resulted to massive protests among the medical community, with several doctors from the state of West Bengal’s healthcare sector, producing mass resignation.
Following the agitation in the state of West Bengal, doctors from across the country has started to protest and their raise voices against the incident, to condemn the attacks against doctors.
Several resident doctors at the AIIMS in New Delhi worked with helmet and bandages on their heads in a symbolic protest and decided to boycott work.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) took note of the issue and announced that on Friday, i.e 14th of June, protests would be held throughout the nation in view of the rising incidents of violence against doctors and medical personnel.
With view to this, the doctors and interns of the Tezpur Medical College and Hospital has also observed mass protest, wearing black badges, as directed by the IMA. Placards were made, displaying the message of protecting doctors and providing them a secure environment. The social media is also flooded with hashtags of #savedoctors.
The doctors of the LGBRIMH, Tezpur also added their support today to the Nation wide protest as declared by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
The Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, today has also met a doctors’ delegation and appealed them to withdraw the strike. He added that he will write to Chief Ministers of all states and request them to provide a safe environment to doctors. The IMA has however held that patient services, particularly emergency services, will not be affected by the protests.