Strike at RIMS-Imphal as doctors protest assault on colleague

Outpatient services at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal came to a halt today as doctors and nursing staff engaged in a one-day strike. This protest follows a violent assault on a gynecology doctor on Monday. Organized by the teachers and medical officers’ association, the strike addresses the growing violence against healthcare professionals within hospital premises.

The incident that sparked the protest involved the severe beating of a gynecology doctor by patient parties inside RIMS-Imphal. Dr. Sanjeeb, the medical superintendent of RIMS, expressed deep concern over the incident, highlighting that such violence compromises the safety of medical staff who are dedicated to providing essential healthcare services.

“We condemn violence against doctors in the workplace,” read the placards held by protesters during a sit-in in front of the Outpatient Department (OPD). The demonstrators included senior and junior doctors, nurses, and medical students, all emphasizing the urgent need for protective measures to shield healthcare professionals from physical harm while on duty.

Dr. Sanjeeb urged the public to refrain from resorting to violence, suggesting the use of complaint boxes installed within hospital premises to address grievances peacefully. He emphasized that dialogue with hospital authorities could resolve issues more effectively than physical confrontation.

The closure of the OPD during strike hours caused significant inconvenience to patients, many of whom had to seek medical assistance elsewhere. Despite the disruption, protesting healthcare workers remained steadfast in their demands for enhanced security measures within the hospital and stricter enforcement of laws protecting medical personnel.

“We demand better protection for those who protect us,” was a sentiment echoed throughout the demonstration. The incident has reignited discussions on the safety of doctors and healthcare workers, prompting calls for immediate action from local authorities and hospital management.

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