4000 doctors across Maharashtra to strike work from today in protest against police brutality

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 8:47am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Around 4,000 resident doctors across Maharashtra have decided to mass bunk from Thursday to protest against the manhandling by policemen of a fellow resident doctor in Solapur Medical College and Hospital.

Dr Santosh Wakcahure, president, central MARD, said: “We are going on an indefinite strike from 8am on January 2. Three policemen assaulted general surgeon Prashant Patil, who was on duty at the state-run Solapur Medical College and Hospital at 2am on December 31. He was accompanying a patient to CT scan department for running a test when the three policemen demanded that he attend to a pregnant woman patient. Dr Patil checked the patient and explained to the policemen that her condition was not serious and that she should be shifted to the delivery ward.”

In the CCTV footage acquired by dna, three policemen were clearly seen bashing up the doctor.

“The policemen did not listen to Dr Patil and bashed him up. They thrashed him on the ear and pulled at his hair. They manhandled him badly,” said Dr Wakcahure.

In a letter to the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), MARD has demanded suspension of the cops under the doctors’ protection Act. “We demand that the policemen who assaulted Dr Patil be booked and suspended,” said Dr Wakcahure.

Meanwhile, medical colleges in Maharashtra have prepared themselves to ensure that medical services are not affected due to the strike.

Dr TP Lahane, dean of Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, said: “At present, MARD has informed us of one-day mass bunking. While our outdoor patient departments will operate as usual, we have decided to postpone our planned surgeries. Only emergency operations will be conducted tomorrow.”

Civic-run hospitals like KEM-Parel, BYL Nair-Mumbai Central and LTMG-Sion also plan to run their medical services with the help of senior doctors.

Dr Ratendra Shinde, acting dean of KEM Hospital, said: “Our OPDs will run normally. We will concentrate more on emergency operations and take up planned surgeries on merit basis. We will keep a close watch on MARD’s negotiation with DMER.”

Indefinite strike
The doctors are going on an indefinite strike from 8am on January 2. Three policemen assaulted general surgeon Prashant Patil, who was on duty at the state-run Solapur Medical College and Hospital at 2am on December 31.

In a letter to the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), MARD has demanded suspension of the cops under the doctors’ protection Act.

Medical colleges have prepared themselves to ensure that services are not affected due to the strike.


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