Doctors in Manipur protest assault

Doctors in Manipur protest assault
Doctors and MBBS students during the protest in Imphal on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 24 | Publish Date: 3/24/2019 11:43:19 AM IST

Healthcare service in two government run hospitals in Manipur was severely hit after doctors suspended their duties on Sunday and staged protest in their respective hospital campuses to protest against assault.

Three residential doctors on duty at RIMS casualty department including a female doctor were assaulted by a mob on Saturday night.

A large number of people - family and relatives of a person, who died at the casualty ward of RIMS hospital, stormed the emergency ward on Saturday night and manhandled the three residential doctors on duty. The doctors of the hospital alleged that their colleagues including a female colleague were physically assaulted by the patient parties while abusing them. Denouncing the assault on their colleagues, residential doctors of the hospital suspended their duties of the day and staged a sit-in-protest in front of the emergency ward of the hospital. According to the protesting doctors, they will not resume to their duties until and unless justice is delivered to their three colleagues. 

“We will abstain from attending our duty until the culprits are booked,” one of the irate doctors taking part in the protest said.

Placards with slogans like “Doctors are not God,” “Violence is not the solution,” “No mob justice,” “Doctors are not God”, “Save the doctors,” “Wake up justice,” “No action no work,” etc. were displayed during the protest.

The protesting doctors also staged a protest rally and later met medical superintendent in-charge of RIMS hospital.

During the meeting they submitted a representation containing their various demands which include among others deployment of adequate number of police and security personnel in the hospital.

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