The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) have reportedly requested Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to issue firearms to doctors for their protection.
Why? Because patients often manhandle them.
The recent such case happened on Friday in Nanded where an inebriated patient manhandled a doctor at the Government Medical College. Reports says that relatives of the patient, who was there for treatment of wounds, too joined in the assault. The doctor was thrashed for around two minutes before security came to his rescue.
According to a report, the letter urges the CM: “It is our last resort. We need arms to protect ourselves as the state has failed to do so. This is the seventh incident of violence against an on-duty resident doctor this year.” The doctors went on a flash strike after the incident but resumed work after police arrested the assaulter.
MARD is an association of 4,000-odd trainee doctors; they claim that the Friday incident was the 40th case of violence since last year.
The organization demands that the state makes a rule of allowing only two relatives with a patient.
Doctors demanding firearms is not a new thing in India.
In February this year, around 160 doctors in Bihar had made the same demand.
But their demand was based on the fact that crime in the state is rising with even doctors being threatened with extortion calls.
The Kosi division and Purnia, Gaya, Gopalganj, Kaimur, Hajipur and Siwan districts are those where doctors say they fear for their lives. The Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government, of which Lalu Yadav’s RJD is an ally, has done little to assuage their fears. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has said that the demand placed by MARD is an “overreaction” but the government will work on security in medical colleges.