Doctors, nurses protest assault by cop in Puducherry; healthcare hit

Healthcare service here was hiton Saturday after doctors, nurses and other workers went on asit-in protest seeking action on a policeman and his kin whohad allegedly assaulted a duty doctor and a nurse.

The protesters resorted to a sit-in agitation seekingaction on the inspector and his relatives who allegedlyattacked the duty doctor and the nurse in the Indira GandhiGovernment Hospital (GH) after the inspectors 80-year-oldfather died a few days ago in the hospital.

The Action Committee of the Unified Health Employees andStaff committee comprising the health staff went on protestimmediately after the attack and continued the stir today.

Medical Superintendent of GH Vasudevan said he had fileda complaint with the police against the inspector and hisrelatives. The assailants also snatched a mobile phone of anurse during the altercation.

Police sources said cases were registered under differentsections of IPC against the inspector and those involved inthe assault.

A spokesman of the Action Committee said the cases wereregistered under bailable sections. “The government shouldmake use of the provisions of the recently passed legislationto protect the medical personnel,” the spokesman said.

“We are continuing the agitation to press for our demand,”he said.

Health staff, however, carried on their work in theCOVID-19 hospitals by wearing black badges in protest.

Meanwhile, the Territorial Health Minister Malladi KrishnaRao convened a meeting with the health staff to bring thestir to an end.

The out-patient department in the GH remained closed,putting the patients to hardship.

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