Nagpur: A number of Resident Doctors of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) stage a protest against the attack on a doctor in Dhule on March 12. The residents, under the banner of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), submitted a memorandum to the GMCH Dean Dr Abhimanyu Niswade and pressed for their various demands including protection to them.
It may be recalled that on March 12, relatives of a patient attacked Dr Rohan Mhamunkar at the Dhule Civil Hospital after he suggested that they move the patient, who had suffered a head injury, to another hospital that had better facilities. Around 30 people are accused of assaulting the doctor, an attack which left him with an orbital fracture and the likelihood of him losing his vision in one eye. 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. They said that around 45 incidents of attacks on doctors have taken place in the past months in which some doctors were injured seriously.
Other demands of protesting doctors include implementation of pass system, improved facilities in hostels, PG Bond issue, free ship, insurance of all doctors etc.
Among those who participated in the protest include Dr Dinesh Sharma, Dr Sanjay Pal, Dr Sanjay Gandhi, Dr Shantanu Pendse and office-bearers of MARD and trainee doctors.