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Indian doctors take to streets to demand better security

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1518 (Published 24 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1518
  1. Prashun Mazumdar
  1. 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 …

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