Kolkata : Doctors in Government Hospitals On Strike


It is most unfortunate that junior government doctors in Kolkata have gone on strike. Doctors are fearing for their future safety and are compelled to ask for police protection just to do their job. Doctors are afraid to take up their posts, fearing beatings by political goons in future also.

Thousands of patients are suffering because the government refuses to provide basic security and protection to doctors. To defuse the situation Government of Mamta Bannerjee must immediately give protection to all doctors and call the doctors for a meeting.

Doctors in government hospitals across India are soft targets for netas and goondas. Patients are almost always in bad shape when they are brought into government hospitals, after home remedies have failed, local quacks have complicated matters, professional and qualified doctors in private practice or smaller hospitals have put their hands up on hopeless cases.

Government hospitals invariably overcrowded and understaffed. All doctors are over worked and stressed beyond limits due to haphazard working hours and very poor infrastructure and lack of minimum facilities in work place.

While anxiety is normal with persons accompanying a patient, many believe that doctors have the Duty and responsibility to ensure revival and survival of even cases DOA, and relations have a right to beat up doctors if the patients succumb inspite of best possible treatment.

Beating up doctors in government hospitals has become a regular affair in India. It happens almost every month in Delhi hospitals.

The latest incident in Kolkata is just a symptom of the real problems of poor infrastructure, understaffing, and sheer bullying attitudes.

It is indeed a terrible state of affairs if doctors who strive day and night to save patients have to beg for their own protection. Bullies and goondas beating up doctors must be arrested immediately and FIRs registered.

In this connection also see Attacking docs? Delhi must follow Karnataka

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