This petition concerning the safety as well as the security of the Doctors in
the Government hospitals was filed by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava in regard
of the incident which took place on June 11 in West Bengal, where the relatives
of a patient who had passed away at the NRS Medical College in Kolkata attacked
two of the junior doctors and seriously injured them. Therefore, in a show of
solidarity, the medical practitioners across the entire nation chose to resort
to the option of strike, leaving their patients in a lurch.
Prominently speaking, This petition has also tried to consign directions to the
Union ministries of Home Affairs and Health and officials of the state of West
Bengal to depute and pass on to the government-appointed security workforces and
personnel at all the state-run hospitals across the country to ensure safety and
security of the doctors.
Even as these protests are being continued throughout the nation, the highest
Court of the country, i.e. The Supreme Court of India agreed on Monday to hear
out upon this petition. A vacation bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice
Deepak Gupta and Justice Surya Kant has consented to hear upon this petition in
the wake of the government doctors and their protests in Kolkata on Tuesday,
Due to these nationwide protests, the healthcare services in the country have
been acutely and badly disrupted and messed up and many people are dying because
of absence of doctors, as was stated by the plea before the court of Law.
The petition seeks that the Centre shall form certain guidelines for the safety
of the doctors that are to be instigated in letter and in spirit. The
petition has also sought a direction to the West Bengal government to take
stringent action against those who assaulted the doctor at NRS Medical College
and Hospital, Kolkata last week.
Written by: Shreya Saxena