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Doctors protest against attack on Gandhi Hospital

By Our Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA, OCT. 5. Doctors of the local Government General Hospital (GGH) on Tuesday boycotted duties and staged a dharna on the hospital premises in protest against the attack on Gandhi Hospital by students of DVR College of Engineering and Technology in response to a call by the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors' Association. They demanded immediate release of the arrested medicos and withdrawal of cases against them.

Announcing that all medical services, except emergency services in the hospital, would remain suspended for the day, they said the protest was to express solidarity with the arrested medicos.

Media blamed

"It is unfair to hold the duty doctor responsible for the death of the student, G. Mahender Reddy, who was brought to the hospital in a very serious condition. Our job is to save lives and we do not deserve this kind of treatment," said junior doctors who participated in the protest. They also criticized the role of media blaming it for `precipitating' the chaos.

The hospital superintendent, T. Ramprasad, echoed similar sentiments and expressed strong reservations against the stand taken by the engineering students on the issue.

`Unhealthy trend'

"This is the first time that a Government hospital has been attacked. It a very unhealthy trend and needs to be condemned. Such ugly developments would leave an adverse impact on the morale of doctors.

The Gandhi Hospital incident brings to the fore the question of adequate security to doctors in Government hospitals," he said.

When asked, the protesting doctors said their future course of action on the issue would be based on the instructions given by the State committee of junior doctors.

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