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Rising assaults prompt Jharkhand doctors to boycott work

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The associations have urged that the Medical Protection Act be implemented in the state and that the Clinical Establishment Act be revised as soon as possible to safeguard doctors.

Health services in private and government hospitals throughout Jharkhand were halted as a large number of registered physicians staged a token boycott of services in protest of the state’s recurrent assaults on medicos. The boycott does not apply to emergency services, according to the Jharkhand Health Service Association (JHSA) and the Jharkhand chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

The associations have urged that the Medical Protection Act be adopted in the state and the Clinical Establishment Act be revised as soon as possible to provide doctors with better security.

The protest followed the assassination of prominent Ranchi orthopaedic physician Anchal Kumar at his home by unidentified miscreants.

Because of this, the sadar hospital and the outpatient department (OPD) of Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) in Jhrkhand’s capital city looked vacant throughout the day.

Physicians and teachers loyal to the Teachers Association and Junior Doctors Association went off duty at RIMS, forcing the OPD to close for the day. They maintained, however, that physicians addressed indoor and emergency responsibilities such that no patients were harmed.

Teachers from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Hospital, physicians and medical officials from Sadar Hospital, and medicos from private clinics and nursing homes marched to the deputy commissioner’s office in Jamshedpur to protest.

Physicians at Dhanbad’sShahidNirmalMahto Medical College Hospital boycotted OPD duties but treated patients in the emergency department.

According to Ajay Kumar Singh, the IMA state organiser, about 14,000 registered physicians from private clinics, nursing homes, government health facilities, and hospitals, as well as six medical colleges in the state, participated in the protest and boycotted work. He said that seven physicians were assaulted or insulted in different districts of Jharkhand in the previous two months, including Garhwa, Hazaribag, Lohardaga, and Ranchi, but that no action was taken.

Former Jharkhand health minister BhanuPratapSahi raised the topic of physicians’ protests during the day in the Assembly, saying the government should act to settle their difficulties.

Notwithstanding the fact that the administration did not respond to Sahi in the House, state Health Minister Banna Gupta informed reporters outside that the government will talk to the physicians and address their concerns. About the attack on the Ranchi surgeon, Gupta stated that he has requested the Ranchi senior superintendent of police to investigate.

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