Remove Assaulter Anant Kumar Hegde From Cabinet
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According to the surveys conducted in various hospitals; it was found that 75% of doctor’s face violence at the workplace. Statistics suggest that in India, there is 1 government allopathic doctor for every 10,189 people, one government hospital bed for every 2,046 people and one state-run hospital for every 90,343 people. An epidemic is not required, for the public health system to collapse. It is a matter of routine that patients share beds and doctors are overworked. It is the frustration of patients towards the government which we doctor bear on ourselves. We are working in an environment of continuous stress, threat and are frightened with the furious behaviour of patient attendant’s towards our community.
We doctor’s gained confidence and a feeling of security after PM's speech of 15th August from Red Fort where he requested people of India to follow Mahatma Gandhi’s path and stop violence against doctors. But that feeling of security got shattered and we doctor's again feeling insecure when PM inducted a tainted minister into his cabinet who has a history of physical violence against doctors.
Mr Anant Kumar Hegde, BJP MP from Karnataka has assaulted Dr Madhukeshwar, Dr Balachandra Bhat and hospital staff Rahul in January 2017 at Sirsi Hospital over the alleged delay in treatment. The assault was captured on CCTV camera and there was a case registered against him. we were expecting a fair enquiry and conviction but instead, he got the reward of being a cabinet minister. This step is definitely against medical fraternity as it portrays that PM rewards an assaulter of doctors with a Cabinet rank. This step can increase violence against doctors and it will further scare the already frightened fraternity.
We expect that PM can: -
1) Review his decision in the best interest of Doctor’s and public
2) Expedite the process of enquiry and fair trial to set example for others
3) An apology from Anant Kumar Hegde to all the Doctors
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