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JJ Hospital doctors continue strike against assault by patient’s family

Doctors at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital held a strike on Saturday after two resident doctors were thrashed by relatives of a patient who died there. Resident doctors at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital staged a candlelight march protest on Sunday, 20 May, demanding more security for the hospital.

The incident took place when the patient who was being treated for a gall bladder ailment died yesterday. The family members of the patient alleged that it was due to negligence on the doctors’ part. CCTV footage of the incident went viral on social media showing patient’s relatives ransacking a ward of the hospital.

“Both doctors and one policeman sustained minor injuries. We have registered a case. Four people have been arrested, one person is absconding,” a police official said. All four have been sent to the judicial custody by a local court.

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) alleged that despite repeated requests, there was no adequate security at the hospital. MARD chief Dr Sarang Donarkar, in a letter to the Dean of JJ Hospital, alleged that the number of security guards has been reduced to half.

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