The Indian Medical Association’s Goa branch on Monday said that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has assured deployment of two armed cops in the casualty (emergency) ward of the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim, for the protection of doctors on duty.
Senior member of the association, Dr Shekhar Salkar claimed that Sawant has promised that adequate security will be provided for doctors in other state-run hospitals.
A delegation of the IMA Goa led by its president Dr Anil Mehndiratta called on the Chief Minister at the Secretariat in Porvorim.
“We urged the Chief Minister to provide us with security in all government hospitals. He told us that two armed policemen will be posted in GMC’s casualty round-the-clock. Similar security measures will be taken up for all government hospitals,” Dr Salkar said.
He said the IMA members urged Sawant to provide security immediately at both the district hospitals factoring in the violence against doctors reported in the country.
Similar violent incidents were also reported in Goa in the recent past.
Dr Salkar said that there was no need for the government to provide security to doctors in private hospitals,
as security needs are taken care of by the hospital managements through private security agencies.
Earlier in the day, around 150-200 doctors affiliated to the IMA staged a silent protest march from the Azad Maidan to the Old Goa Medical College building against the violence meted out to doctors in West Bengal.
The doctors boycotted work and participated in the march, holding placards and banners carrying the messages like ‘stop violence against doctors’.
Interacting with media persons, Dr Mehndiratta asked the government to ensure that police personnel are deployed in hospitals and that the activities are monitored using CCTV cameras.
Non-essential medical services in the state remained shut, partially affecting medical healthcare services in the state.
However, the IMA doctors ensured that all emergency cases were attended.