The faculty members of Niloufer Hospital have decided to support the ongoing strike by hospital medicos demanding resumption of security services by Special Protection Force (SPF) personnel. The senior doctors will hold ‘gate side' protests and wear black badges in support of the protest taken up by junior doctors.

The senior doctors, however, clarified that outpatient and emergency services at Niloufer Hospital will continue to function normally. The faculty members demanded immediate restoration of SPF so that the health care workers can discharge duties in a peaceful environment.

Meanwhile, junior doctors of the hospital maintained that they will continue to boycott medical duties, except for emergencies, till their demands are met. The hospital has 40 post-graduate students and 10 house surgeons in its rolls. Since April 21, the medicos are on strike demanding resumption of tighter security cover.

The hospital doctors said that attacks by angry relatives of patients on duty doctors have increased ever since the SPF cover was withdrawn from the hospital. “Recently a junior doctor was beaten up by relatives of a patient despite the presence of police constables. We are not feeling safe at all, despite the presence of 8 regular constables. We need peaceful atmosphere to function properly,” the medicos said.

Meanwhile, the medicos of other tertiary Government hospitals in the capital including Gandhi and Osmania have started demanding resumption of SPF protection. “We do not understand the reasons behind the withdrawal of SPF forces from all the hospitals. Recently, an orthopaedic doctor was beaten up by 20 outsiders at OGH. Nobody was there to intervene and protect the injured junior doctor. The authorities should deploy SPF personnel at all top Government hospitals in the State,” the medicos said.

Junior doctors demand resumption of security services by Special Protection Force (SPF) personnel