Ujjain: Doctors of the city observed strike on the call of Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday to protest the manhandling incident with a doctor in West Bengal.
The doctors’ strike crippled the health services in the city; albeit the government doctors worked in the district hospital with black arm bands. Some doctors also showed solidarity by protesting against the violence by wearing helmets.
The doctors said that there must be protection for doctors because if any patient dies during the treatment the kin often hold the doctors responsible for the death and vent their anger on doctors by beating or manhandling.
Doctors stage dharna at Tower Chowk
The doctors assembled at Tower Chowk on 10 am and staged dharna. The directors and owners of private hospitals, X-ray shops and pathology centers also joined the dharna.
Senior doctor GD Nagar addressed other doctors staging the dharna and said that there was not only a single incident of thrashing a doctor by kin of patient in the country, but many a times the doctors got victimized and thrashed by patients relatives across the nation and no concrete action was taken by the administration for the protection of the doctors.
The doctors demanded to enact the Doctors’ Protection Act at the earliest. On This occasion Dr Rajendra Bansal, Dr Katyayan Mishra, Dr Tapan Sharma, Dr Vimal Garg, Dr VK Rawat, Dr PM Kumawat and others were present on this occasion.