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Tripura medical staff threaten to resign over doctor�s assault

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AGARTALA, April 12 - Doctors and staff at government hospitals in Tripura on Friday threatened to resign en-masse demanding action against people who thrashed a surgeon at the Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) Hospital here.

Police said some people roughed up Dr Dipankar Debnath till he became unconscious on Thursday, after a pregnant woman died at the hospital. Five people were arrested in connection with the incident, but they got bail from a lower court.

Debnath is under treatment at the Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital, where his condition is said to be out of danger.

Protesting against the incident, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the All Tripura Government Doctors� Association (ATGDA) said that at least 10 such incidents of manhandling of doctors at different state hospitals have occurred over the past one year.

The IMA-Tripura chapter and the ATGDA have jointly demanded trials of the accused in fast-track courts and setting up of permanent police pickets in government hospitals.

ATGDA spokesman Kaushik Chakraborty said no doctor, nurse or health staff would participate in any voluntary programme including blood donation and health camps from now on. �We would do only routine work in hospitals and wait for a week to see the government action. If we are not satisfied with it, all the doctors, nurses and health workers would resign en-masse,� Chakraborty told the media.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb promised stern action against the accused. �A lower court has granted them interim bail. I have asked the DGP and Advocate General to file a petition in the higher court to make sure that the bail is rejected,� he said. � IANS

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Tripura medical staff threaten to resign over doctor�s assault

AGARTALA, April 12 - Doctors and staff at government hospitals in Tripura on Friday threatened to resign en-masse demanding action against people who thrashed a surgeon at the Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) Hospital here.

Police said some people roughed up Dr Dipankar Debnath till he became unconscious on Thursday, after a pregnant woman died at the hospital. Five people were arrested in connection with the incident, but they got bail from a lower court.

Debnath is under treatment at the Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital, where his condition is said to be out of danger.

Protesting against the incident, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the All Tripura Government Doctors� Association (ATGDA) said that at least 10 such incidents of manhandling of doctors at different state hospitals have occurred over the past one year.

The IMA-Tripura chapter and the ATGDA have jointly demanded trials of the accused in fast-track courts and setting up of permanent police pickets in government hospitals.

ATGDA spokesman Kaushik Chakraborty said no doctor, nurse or health staff would participate in any voluntary programme including blood donation and health camps from now on. �We would do only routine work in hospitals and wait for a week to see the government action. If we are not satisfied with it, all the doctors, nurses and health workers would resign en-masse,� Chakraborty told the media.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb promised stern action against the accused. �A lower court has granted them interim bail. I have asked the DGP and Advocate General to file a petition in the higher court to make sure that the bail is rejected,� he said. � IANS

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