Hyderabad: Junior doctors at Hyderabad’s Gandhi General Hospital, the nodal centre for treatment of Coronavirus in Telangana have been sitting on protest since Tuesday (June 9) after one of their colleagues was attacked by relatives of a patient. Approximately 100 junior doctors put on a protest since that night switching on the flashlights of their mobile phones which continued till 3 am-midnight. The doctors then started sit-in protest on the road outside the hospital, holding placards and shouting slogans from 8 am on Wednesday (June 10).
Junior doctors protest at Gandhi hospital intensifies on Day 2.— Rajeswari Parasa (@ParasaRajeswari) June 10, 2020
About 150 junior doctors are protesting for protection, recruitment of manpower, adequate supply of PPE and N95 masks.
Protest was triggered after one of them was attacked by a patient attendees on Tuesday pic.twitter.com/zKroyEz2PI
A junior doctor was assaulted by kin of a 55-year-old COVID-19 patient who died at the hospital on Tuesday night. The incident led to the protest by doctors who demanded additional security for themselves to prevent such incidents. They raised slogans of ‘We Want Justice’ and have threatened to boycott their duties until their issues are addressed by the government.
As per reports, the protesting Gandhi Hospital doctors told, “We demand security for doctors. We want to serve the people and have been doing so 12 to 24 hours a day on Covid-19 duty for the past three months.”
#Telangana Junior doctors protesting outside Gandhi hospital in #Hyderabad. Their demands include deploying paramilitary forces at the hospital for better protection, immediate recruitments, decentralisation of covid cases, protective kits to all healthcare workers. pic.twitter.com/0eB7vyIMBt— Rahul Devulapalli (@rahulscribe) June 10, 2020
Dr G Srinivas, president of the Resident Doctors Association (RDA), told reporters that the patient’s attendants attacked the doctor after he collapsed. He said the patient was asked not to leave the bed, but he went to the toilet. He had diabetes and hypertension and was on a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, as per reports.
One of the victims of the attack told, “On Tuesday, when we declared a COVID-19 patient dead, two of their relatives entered the ward and started attacking us. There was no security or police official there. They threw plastic chairs and metal stools at us.” The Hyderabad Police have arrested two persons in the case. “Under any circumstances attack on medical staff will not be tolerated. Most firm and stringent legal action will be taken. In this time doctors are our frontline leaders,” the Hyderabad police tweeted.
#UPDATE : Jr Doctor from #Gandhi hospital in #Hyderabad who treat #COVID__19 patients explaining their ordeal.— Dheeshma Puzhakkal (@dheeshmap) June 9, 2020
Post graduate doctors at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, are currently staging a protest following an attack on a junior doctor by 2 attendants of a patient. pic.twitter.com/RN5sxXy0sh
However, the protests are still continuing. The protestors are demanding the deployment of special protection force at every ICU and on all floors of the hospital. This was the second such incident at the Gandhi hospital and the third at government-run hospitals in Hyderabad since April.