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Doctor assaulted by cops; resident state docs to go on strike in protest

Resident doctors across the state will go on an indefinite mass bunk from January 2 to protest against cops who assaulted a resident doctor from Solapur's V M Medical college on December 31

Dr Prashant Patil, a junior resident of the surgery Department of Dr V M Medical College was repeatedly slapped by a female patient’s relative, Arun Waykar, who is a police officer. Waykar had approached Dr Patil requesting him to attend to his patient whose delivery was due.

When Dr Patil told him to take the female patient, who was in labour, to the gynaecology ward as he had to attend to a serious patient, the police officer got angry and started assaulting him. Patil was repeatedly slapped by the police officer and dragged down the corridor by his collar. Five other policemen accompanied Waykar to the hospital who the doctors claim were all in an inebriated state. The entire incident was caught on a CCTV camera.

The resident doctors of the Solapur hospital went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday following the incident. Dr Santosh Wakchaure, president of the Central MARD said, “I had instructed the residents from Solapur to go on a strike on Tuesday itself. We were waiting for the hospital authorities to take action against the relative who is a police officer but only a non cognizable complaint was filed after which we were forced to call for a state wide mass bunk.” added Dr Wakchaure.

He further claimed that “Our demand is that the police officer should be suspended and arrested following this incident,” said Dr Wakchaure. In 2013 itself, there were six different incidents where medical staff from major BMC-run hospitals were beaten up by angry relatives. The MARD has been demanding for better security measures outside ICUs and wards after witnessing a steep rise in the number of such incidents.

Services at major public hospitals like Sion, KEM, Nair and JJ hospitals will be hit from Thursday onwards as routine surgeries will be called off. “We might have to discharge patients if the strike is not called off within a day or so. Usually at such times, we follow a protocol where the heads of various departments along with professors handle emergency cases and indoor patients,” said Dr Avinash Supe, dean of Sion hospital.

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