Burdwan Medical College and Hospital authorities have decided to beef up security measures inside the hospital campus to check the doctors from being harassed by the relatives of patients.
According to the hospital authorities, the number of police personnel will be increased in the hospital premises. The medical college authorities have already urged the police administration to take steps in this regard.
A tender will soon be floated to hire private security guards for which the medical college authorities will seek permission from the state health department.
It was learnt that the medical college authorities have already written to the senior officials at Swastha Bhavan in this regard. Some temporary security guards may be appointed for interim period.
This will check the harassment of doctors who are on duty, believes a section of the hospital staff members.
A senior official at the hospital said that there are altogether 36 security peronnel inside the hospital campus including the policemen. There is a police picket operational in the hospital.
Apart from this, around 292 more security men will be appointed soon. It was learnt that additional deployment of police force will be made at the Emergency ward, Paediatric ward, surgery department and others as these departments see more number of footfalls of patients and their relatives.
The decision was taken after a series of incidents in which doctors were heckled by the patients’ relatives. Last Monday, the situation turned ugly when the junior doctors started cease of work after some junior doctors were roughed up some relatives of a patient who allegedly died of medical negligence.