Mumbai: Citing the death of a traffic constable after being assaulted by an erring bike rider, the Bombay High Court asked the Maharashtra government and BMC on Friday to hire private security guards to protect the doctors at public hospitals. Observing how doctors continue to perform their duties in conditions not entirely condusive to their safety, the HC bench headed by Justice V M Kanade asked the state to come back within four weeks with additional affidavit detailing all steps taken for doctors' security and other concerns including working hours and conditions.
The said that adequate measures for the security of resident doctors have still not been taken. Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) in its affidavit pointed out to court that despite court orders, there have been four attacks on Resident doctors over the past month and government has not implemented the restriction of relatives to two per patient yet. Dr Sagar Mundada, the active head of MARD was present in court.
The HC also slammed the state for not providing even basic living conditions to Resident doctors. The court was informed that resident student doctors work for 24/7 through the year. The HC was hearing a public interest litigation filed by activist Afak Mandaviya highlighting the issue of doctors going on strike frequently causing inconvenience to patients. At the last hearing the HC had directed MARD to file an affidavit on the recent assaults in Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur on resident doctors, by relatives of patients, which it did.