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NEW DELHI: The withdrawal of marshals and bouncers from the Center-run Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and associated hospitals on the instructions of Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has not gone too well with the media working at the central institute.

Days after the withdrawal, the hospital’s resident physicians wrote to Mandaviya on Sunday expressing their “extreme disappointment” and urging him to restore private security on campus. Doctors said the removal of marshals/bouncers has caused a lot of apprehension among resident doctors who are doing their best to care for patients.

“This is to inform you that the Association of Medical Residents, LHMC and Associated Hospitals are extremely disappointed with the recent decision to remove security guards/bouncers from the hospital grounds,” the letter read. .

“Violence against doctors and other healthcare professionals in the workplace is a growing threat and an undeniable fact. They are vulnerable to incidents of violence when working in the hospital. We have already submitted our representation on this subject to the director of the institute. We would appreciate it if you take the necessary steps to reinstate security guards/bouncers to the premises,” he added.

The secretary general of the hospital’s resident doctors association, Dr Sarada Prasad Sahoo, said the doctors were understaffed and the added security gave them confidence to work in a conducive environment.
The bouncers and marshals were reportedly hired for the safety and security of the doctors.

According to union sources at the Ministry of Health, other hospitals run by centers are applying a similar rule.
The minister reportedly voiced his displeasure after touring the hospital and said the presence of heavy-duty security features would intimidate patients.

NEW DELHI: The withdrawal of marshals and bouncers from the Center-run Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and associated hospitals on the instructions of Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has not gone too well with the media working at the central institute. Days after the withdrawal, the hospital’s resident physicians wrote to Mandaviya on Sunday expressing their “extreme disappointment” and urging him to restore private security on campus. Doctors said the removal of marshals/bouncers has caused a lot of apprehension among resident doctors who are doing their best to care for patients. “This is to inform you that the Association of Medical Residents, LHMC and Associated Hospitals are extremely disappointed with the recent decision to remove security guards/bouncers from the hospital grounds,” the letter read. . “Violence against doctors and other healthcare professionals in the workplace is a growing threat and an undeniable fact. They are vulnerable to incidents of violence when working in the hospital. We have already submitted our representation on this subject to the director of the institute. We would appreciate it if you take the necessary steps to reinstate security guards/bouncers to the premises,” he added. The secretary general of the hospital’s resident doctors association, Dr Sarada Prasad Sahoo, said the doctors were understaffed and the added security gave them confidence to work in a conducive environment. The bouncers and marshals were reportedly hired for the safety and security of the doctors. According to union sources at the Ministry of Health, other hospitals run by centers are applying a similar rule. The minister reportedly voiced his displeasure after touring the hospital and said the presence of heavy-duty security features would intimidate patients.

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