SILCHAR, May 15 � After five days of protest, junior doctors at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) have received a verbal assurance from PHE Minister Gautam Roy, president of the college governing body, about security inside the hospital campus. The minister said that he would talk to the Superintendent of Police on the issue. However, the junior doctors insisted on a written assurance of action in response to their 17-point charter of demands.
It may be mentioned here that junior doctors under the SMCH Students� Coordination Committee have been protesting the killing of Dr Sarita Toshniwal, a postgraduate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at the Assam Medical College in Dibrugarh on May 9. The junior doctors have also been demanding the sealing of the gate connecting the Shabashpur area running through the SMCH campus, installation of CCTVs with alarm facility in the Casualty and other departments and proper monitoring and surveillance of the same, provision of entry passes to attendants, restricting their number according to the condition of patients, etc.
While interacting with the protesting junior doctors, Roy said that the incident at the AMC was unfortunate. He said that law would take its own course, but efforts would be made to dispose of the case in a fast-track court so that justice was meted out. Responding to the demand of sealing the SMCH gate, he said that he was aware of the security issues inside the campus. �I have spoken to all the persons concerned on the issue and will try and sort out the difficulties within a short time,� Roy said, adding that some key terms and conditions set by the junior doctors need to be addressed by the Chief Minister and the Health Minister.
Dr Karan Doley, member of the SMCH Students� Coordination Committee, said that SMCH principal Dr Shilpi Rani Barman has agreed to give a written assurance on 14 of their demands. He, however, added that despite the assurance, the junior doctors would continue their protest and decide their future course of action only after the general body�s meeting.