Assault on doctor: ‘medical bandh’ in Kozhikode today

Medical services in private and government hospitals are likely to be affected in Kozhikode district on Wednesday as the district unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a ‘medical bandh’ in protest against the alleged manhandling and abduction of a doctor at a private hospital at Vadakara recently.

Services at the Government Medical College, however, are unlikely to be hit as the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association (KGMCTA) has offered only “moral support” to the bandh.

Ajit Baskar, chairman, district task force, IMA, told reporters on Tuesday that the doctors would attend only emergency cases between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. “The district committees of Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA), KGMCTA, and Qualified Private Medical Practitioners’ Association (QPMPA) have also extended support to the strike,” he said.

KGMOA district president Jameel Shajer said in a release that government doctors would go on leave en mass on the day. Vaccination and emergency services would not be affected, he said.

Dr. Baskar said that Anuraj, who was working at a private hospital at Vadakara, was attacked after a patient reportedly suffered a paralysis after he was administered an injection for severe headache. Though the hospital authorities filed a police complaint, action was not initiated as per law and the accused were still at large because of their political influence, he said.

“This has been a recurring phenomenon in the State. As many as 60 cases of attacks on hospitals and doctors have been reported last year. The government and the police are supposed to provide us protection. Otherwise, we will go for private protection and appoint bouncers,” said QPMPA district president C.M. Aboobacker.

Asked about the action being taken by their respective associations in suspected cases of medical negligence, he said such doctors would no longer be part of their organisations and the police could file cases against them. “But, such cases are few and far between,” said Dr. Aboobacker.

KGMCTA district president V.K. Suresh Babu said they would observe a ‘black day’ in protest against the attack on hospitals and doctors. “We are not planning to keep off medical services. It will inconvenience patients,” he added.

Dr. Baskar said doctors would take out a march to the civil station and stage a dharna. “If the government does not take action against the culprits, we will expand the protest across the State,” he added.

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