As strike ends, SC defers hearing on security of doctors, keeps open 'larger issue' of their safety
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred hearing on a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country.
Asserting that there is no urgency in hearing the pleas as the junior doctors in West B Bengal have called off their strike, the top court directed that the matter be listed before an appropriate bench after vacation.
A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant also refused to issue notice to Centre on the matter but said that it is keeping open the larger issue of protection of medical professionals.
Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) also moved the Supreme Court and filed an IA (Intervention Application) to support the cause of the petitioners Alakh Alok Srivastava in the case.
The bench said it needs to take a holistic view in providing security to doctors.
"We can't protect doctors at the cost of other citizens. We have to look at the larger picture. We are not against the protection given to doctors," the bench said.
The plea was filed on Friday in the wake of protests by doctors in West Bengal against assault on their colleagues allegedly by the relatives of a patient, who died on June 10 at a Kolkata hospital.
The plea sought directions to Union ministries of home affairs and health and West Bengal to depute government-appointed security personnel at all state-run hospitals to ensure safety and security of doctors.
On Monday, the agitating junior doctors called off the week-long strike after meeting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who assured them of steps to scale up security at government hospitals in the state.
The breakthrough came on a day health services especially Outpatient Departments (OPDs) were crippled across the country as doctors held protests and boycotted work to show solidarity with their colleagues in West Bengal who were on strike since Tuesday protesting assault on their two colleagues by kin of a patient who died in NRS Hospital and Medical College.
At an hour-long televised meeting with representatives of doctors, Banerjee announced a number of steps, including asking police to appoint nodal officers for security of doctors at all government hospitals in the state, following which the doctors agreed to end the stir.
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