Indian doctors take to streets to demand better securityBMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1518 (Published 24 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1518
- Prashun Mazumdar
- New Delhi
Nearly 40 000 doctors in Delhi and Mumbai have gone on strike to demand better security in government hospitals throughout India after a spate of attacks on medical professionals. If the government continues to ignore their concerns for improving safety the doctors have threatened to call a nationwide strike.
Last week a 35 year old resident doctor, Rohan Mhamunkar, was brutally assaulted by relatives of an emergency department patient at a civil hospital in Dhule, a city 300 km from Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra. Within days, four more doctors in the state were attacked in separate incidents.
The violence sparked outrage …