GUWAHATI, June 25 � The members of the Doctor�s Guild have expressed serious concern over the news clip flashed in the electronic media showing vandalism and inhuman manhandling of doctors and staff of Hyatt Hospital, Guwahati, by a group of irate attendants on June 18 last following the death of an old person who underwent operation for fracture and had post-operative medical complications, stated a press release of
the Doctor�s Guild issued here today.
Although the attendants were informed about the high risk of operating such an old patient, the trouble started after the patient�s death. This kind of situation is not new and has been repeatedly occurring in both private and Government hospitals.
In this case some equipment were also ransacked inside the ICU. The police were called and as usual they arrived late.
The Doctor�s Guild condemned these acts of vandalism in the strongest of terms and demanded that the culprits be brought to book immediately.
These are the reasons why an Act in the name and style of �Prevention of Assault on Doctors, Staff and Damage to Hospital Property Act� in line with some other States like Andhra Pradesh Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, etc, is to be urgently implemented in our State. Under this Act, all such violences are considered as non-bailable offences and stringent punishment is awarded to the perpetrators, the press release stated.
The Doctor�s Guild ardently, through the release appealed to the lawmakers in Dispur to arrange for formulating and passing such an Act in the next session of the State Assembly itself.
This is a dire need of the hour to enable the health care providers to work in a free environment without intimidation. This would also ensure protection of public properties, the release concluded.