Agartala: Over 300 members of the medical fraternity in Tripura along with other Northeastern cities on Friday came forward in support of the protest against the physical assault of a doctor of Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College in Kolkata, West Bengal on Monday.
Undergraduate and postgraduate medical students of Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) and junior doctors, interns at Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital in Agartala came out in protest against the assault on Dr Paribaha Mukhopadhyay.
Junior doctors and medical students later sat on a demonstration for four hours in front of AGMC demanding proper security for doctors on duty and exemplary punishment for assaulters.
Talking with EastMojo, Dr Rajesh Choudhury, general secretary of All Tripura Government Doctors’ Association (ATGDA), said, “Cases of doctors getting threatened, beaten up and assaulted while performing their duty are increasing day after day. Doctors are posed as killers and are beaten up, often lynched. We demand proper security for doctors who are on duty. We also want exemplary punishment for the assaulters who perpetrated the heinous incident at NRS Medical College in West Bengal.”
According to the National Health Guidelines (NHG), there should be one doctor for 1,000 people in the country. Tripura, as per the NHG standards, is supposed to have 3,900 doctors. However, the small NE state which is on the way to become a major healthcare hub in the region has got around 1,100 doctors, informed Choudhury.
Ishita Saha and Sudharshana Dev Verma, postgraduate students of AGMC, said they joined the protest in support of the assaulted doctor and in demand for passing a separate law which would protect medical officers in the line of duty.
Officials of Tripura Medical College and Dr BR Ambedkar Teaching Hospital joined duty wearing black badges in protest against the West Bengal incident. Doctors from the departments of ENT, medicine, dentistry and pathology also joined the protest.
On Monday night, clashes erupted between doctors and relatives of a patient at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata after a patient died. Family members of the deceased accused medical officers on-duty of negligence which led to the casualty. Later, a group of 200 persons assaulted the doctors, during which Dr Mukhopadhyay received fatal wounds and was admitted in the ICU with a fractured skull.