Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Patients left to suffer as doctors' protest over Dhule assault incident

Patients left to suffer as doctors' protest over Dhule assault incident

Their anger was triggered when the nurse informed them that the patient - who was before this treated in a private hospital but was brought to the Nashik civil hospital only after his condition worsened there - had died.

The emergency services were, however, not affected due to the doctors' protest, he added. The protest started in the wake of a recent incident where a doctor was allegedly beaten up by the relatives following a patient's death at the Sion Hospital in Mumbai.

"Both the demands have not been addressed to our satisfaction. We want to be protected against such attacks, but the approach of the government is little lax towards this core issue".

Meanwhile, Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan said, "The attacks on resident doctors are unfortunate and assailants should not be spared". There has been a substantial financial allocation in the state budget for infrastructure development. "We need some time, so that the changes can be felt". As per a report published by The Indian Express, Bombay High Court has asked doctors in state not to go on strike unitil the "grievance cell" that has being constituted by the government to look into their problems submits its report.

The audacious attack sparked protests by medical and doctors' associations across the country.The main demand of the protesting resident doctors is that the State Government must initiate measures to stop attacks on doctors across the state and stern action against the assaulters.

If the doctors continue their strike, causing massive inconvenience to patients, the government will have two options before it. Doctors at the hospital immediately went on strike, and it intensified on Monday, with around three-quarters of all doctors in Mumbai and many more across the state joining the strike.

Santosh Andhale, a senior health reporter said, "Why is there a rise in incidents of attacks on resident doctors?"

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