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Dismissed: Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea demanding Security of Doctors

Dismissed: Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea demanding Security of Doctors

New Delhi: What may come as a setback to the medical fraternity, the Supreme Court has refused to entertain a petition seeking direction for the safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country.

“Having heard counsel for the petitioner and on perusing the relevant material, we are not inclined to entertain the present writ petition and the same is accordingly dismissed. Pending interlocutory applications, if any, shall stand disposed of,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta said.

The plea was filed last month by an advocate in the wake of protests by doctors in West Bengal against the assault on their colleagues, allegedly by the relatives of a patient, who died on June 10 at NRS Medical college and hospital.

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Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that following the death of a 75-year-old patient at the institute, the patient’s family had attacked the treating doctors accusing them of medical negligence.

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According to the eyewitnesses, the mob of around 150 persons arrived at the medical facility on bikes armed with bricks, sticks and glass shards and charged against the doctors and dragged the hapless junior doctors to the main gate and assaulted them heinously. Then the mob allegedly started raining bricks at the doctors.

During the brutal clash, a junior doctor suffered a depressed fracture in the right frontal lobe of the skull and was admitted in the ICU. Two doctors had sustained injuries on the eyes.

In response to the assault; the doctors at the medical college went on a strike which has now spread to other medical colleges and hospitals.

Taking the last resort to fight back against such violent attacks, nationwide protests were launched by the doctors. Many of them called for a shut down coming forward rightfully demanding adequate security at the workplace.

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The apex court had earlier deferred the hearing saying since doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states, there is no urgency to hear the matter.

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Now, the apex court stated that the petitioner has made some interesting averments in the plea that as per the study conducted by IMA, more than 75 percent of doctors across the country have faced some form of violence and 50 per cent violent incidents took place in the Intensive Care Unit of hospitals but “we are not inclined to entertain it”.

The petition had also sought directions to Union ministries of home affairs and health and West Bengal to depute government-appointed security personnel at all state-run hospitals to ensure safety and security of doctors.

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Source: with inputs
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  1. why are judges having security, why are we joining govt. services–if good doctors leave country or go for pvt. practice , problem is solved. let the left overs do what ever they want.

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    Shekhar Galinde July 30, 2019, 1:18 pm

    Most DISGUSTING Judgement. Ultimately the corrupt (under shadow) judutiary is going hand-in-hand with corrupt Governence. Medical fraternity should not expect fairness from these people

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    U asked 4 it!! July 30, 2019, 11:31 am

    Not surprising….Justice Gogoi himself in a sexual harassment litigation…soon the judiciary will be hit..then no one should uphold for their safety. So soon it will be Wild Wild West…all doctors have a gun under their apron…see Drishyam…that\’s hiw clever we need to be and defeat corrupt police and judiciary!!!

  4. Very surprising decision! Security is the basic expectation in any workplace for any human being & Doctors are humans too not machines! Can situation get any worse than what it currently is for doctors in our country? what disaster will provoke security cover & better facilities for doctors?

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    Himansu Sekhar Mishra July 30, 2019, 10:38 am

    A disgusting judgement. To me it is not clear why the plea is dismissed. i do not see any valid reason.Such type of judgments drives the public to form a poor opinion about the judiciary.

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