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GMC doctors stage protest, demand swift action

Panaji: Standing in solidarity with the West Bengal doctors protesting against the recent attack on their colleague by relatives of a patient in Kolkata’s NRS Medical College and Hospital, around 500 junior and senior resident doctors of Goa Medical College and Hospital Friday boycotted work and staged a protest in the hospital premises holding placards and banners with ‘save the doctors’ written on them.

“We want Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane to convey our message to the central government to initiate action against the culprits, who were involved in the barbaric act against the doctors in Kolkata,” said president of the Goa Association of Resident Doctors Dr Veeresh HM.

He said that the incident that has been reported in NRSMCH and the action of West Bengal health authorities and police is shocking. He questioned as to how doctors are supposed to work in such dangerous, insecure and life-threatening environment.

Dr Veeresh emphasised on the need to have stringent standard laws against such violence and demanded that armed forces be deployed in government hospitals across the country, especially in the casualty, so as to prevent attacks on doctors.

The healthcare services were partially affected due to the strike, as the outpatient departments in GMC were shut. However, the hospital authority ensured that the emergency cases were attended to by the doctors.

Meanwhile, India Medical Association – Goa Branch also extended its support to the doctors in Kolkata by wearing black badges and black shirts while on duty.

Addressing the Goa Association of Resident Doctors, which was on a one-day token strike on Friday, IMA Goa president Dr Anil Mehndiratta urged the doctors to have a peaceful protest.

“In case, things do not get settled, the IMA Goa state doctors have also decided to participate in the indefinite strike to be staged from Monday onwards,” said Dr Mehndiratta.

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