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UP Doctors ko gussa kyo ata hai: because of official goondaism!



Doctors against hooliganism

Doctors against hooliganism

Kanpur: violence against doctors is not unknown in UP and Bihar. Most of it comes from aggrieved patients and is embedded in the medical institutions and their history in the region. The doctor-patient relation has for long been an uneasy one – in some cases it is the doctors who team up and take recourse to violence. Provision of adequate security, for example has been a constant demand of the young doctors at the Patna Medical College Hospital [PMCH]. But the hooliganism of the government officials is another kind of story and the record of UP has been particularly bad in this refgard.

In the latest and the most serious incident, doctors first went on a stir in Kanpur on Saturday following a Friday face-off between Kanpur district officials and the students of renowned Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical (GSVM) college. The students were brutally beaten up by Kanpur Samajwadi Party MLA Irfan Solanki and his henchmen after a student’s bike had a minor accident with the MLA’s SUV. Kanpur SSP, Yashaswi Yadav, said to be chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s blue-eyed boy, led a virtual attack against the students who were protesting Friday’s incident. Twenty-four students were put behind bars even as MLA Solanki roamed free. Nearly 300 medical faculty of GSVM College have resigned in protest.

After a meeting with Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday, a seven-member delegation of the striking doctors said they were not convinced by the chief minister’s assurances of ordering a probe into the allegations by the medical fraternity. He told the doctors that the probe would be completed within three weeks. The 24 junior doctors were arrested from their hostel in Kanpur after Samajwadi Party legislator from the city Irfan Solanki was involved in a scuffle with students and junior doctors of B.R. Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital.

A delegation of IMA members also met President Pranab Mukherjee seeking action against Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kanpur Yashaswi Yadav and the legislator. Indian Medical Association’s Kanpur unit president Dr Aarti Lalchandani claimed that the CCTV footage (captured on cameras installed at a nearby petrol pump) given to the officials in Lucknow is a “doctored” one.

The IMA and the UP Provincial Medical Service (PMS) doctors declared their support for the agitating students even as 200 junior doctors of the Agra Medical College tendered their resignation to the state government. The number of striking doctors throughout the state could well be more than 10,000. As the stir spread, five people lost their lives without being admitted to hospitals in Allahabad on Tuesday. As many as 11 people died have died in Lucknow alone while three reportedly breathed their last at the BHU Medical Institute in Varanasi on Monday as doctors refused to run even emergency and trauma services. Things have come to such a pass mainly due to the inertia on the part of the Akhilesh Yadav-government and the intransigent attitude of the Kanpur district administration.

“Even the students studying in their hostel rooms were dragged out and beaten up,” said IMA’s Dr Lalchandani. “We will not withdraw the strike until the SSP is removed and all cases against the students are withdrawn. We will fight for justice.” The 24 junior doctors, who were granted bail on Monday night, refused to come out of the jail on Tuesday until their three demands were met.


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