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NEW DELHI: Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) ended the services of marshals and bouncers on its campus on Tuesday, as directed by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. Sources at the ministry said the move came after Mandaviya expressed his displeasure during a hospital visit. He even shared in his speeches that the presence of heavy security measures intimidated patients.

“They don’t come to fight. They (the patients) come for the treatment and the doctors need to empathize with them,” the union minister had said in a speech at an event at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) earlier this year. . The deputy director of the centre-run hospital, VK Sharma, wrote a letter to the private agency that was enlisted for the security arrangement. “Marshal/bouncer services are temporarily suspended at LHMC and associated hospitals,” the letter read.

According to Union Health Ministry sources, the move is likely to be replicated in other hospitals run by the Centre. “RML Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital have also contracted the services of private security personnel. Soon they might be asked to terminate the contract,” a senior official said. However, the move has angered the fraternity of doctors who are now worried about their safety as incidents of assault by patient attendants are common in public hospitals.

Dr Sarda, general secretary of the Association of Resident Doctors, LHMC, said doctors were not consulted before incorporating the decision and that a team of doctors would meet with the hospital administration to determine the reason for moving. “We are understaffed and the additional security gives us the confidence to work in a conducive environment. We have not been consulted. However, we will first try to understand the reason for this decision, as the removal of security will will affect everyone for our safety,” he said.

A few months ago, a young doctor in the LHMC’s pediatric ward was brutally attacked by the attendants of a child who was brought dead to the hospital. Attendants did not accept the on-call doctor’s declaration of death and pressured him to admit the child. When he refused, the doctor was severely beaten.

In other hospitals
According to sources at the Union’s Ministry of Health, this decision should be emulated in other hospitals run by the Center in the capital. Ministry sources said the move came after Mandaviya expressed his displeasure during a hospital visit. He even shared in his speeches that the presence of heavy security measures intimidated patients visiting hospitals.

NEW DELHI: Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) ended the services of marshals and bouncers on its campus on Tuesday, as directed by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. Sources at the ministry said the move came after Mandaviya expressed his displeasure during a hospital visit. He even shared in his speeches that the presence of heavy security measures intimidated patients. “They don’t come to fight. They (the patients) come for the treatment and the doctors need to empathize with them,” the union minister had said in a speech at an event at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) earlier this year. . The deputy director of the centre-run hospital, VK Sharma, wrote a letter to the private agency that was enlisted for the security arrangement. “Marshal/bouncer services are temporarily suspended at LHMC and associated hospitals,” the letter read. According to Union Health Ministry sources, the move is likely to be replicated in other hospitals run by the Centre. “RML Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital have also contracted the services of private security personnel. Soon they might be asked to terminate the contract,” a senior official said. However, the move has angered the fraternity of doctors who are now worried about their safety as incidents of assault by patient attendants are common in public hospitals. Dr Sarda, general secretary of the Association of Resident Doctors, LHMC, said doctors were not consulted before incorporating the decision and that a team of doctors would meet with the hospital administration to determine the reason for moving. “We are understaffed and the additional security gives us the confidence to work in a conducive environment. We have not been consulted. However, we will first try to understand the reason for this decision, as the removal of security will will affect everyone for our safety,” he said.A few months ago, a young doctor in the LHMC pediatrics ward was brutally assaulted by the attendants of a child who was brought to hospital dead. The attendants did not accept the on-call doctor’s declaration of death and pressured him to admit the child.When he refused, the doctor was severely beaten.In other hospitals According to sources at the Union Health Ministry said the move is expected to be emulated in other hospitals run by the Center in the capital.Ministry sources said the move came after Mandaviya expressed his displeasure during a a visit to the hospital. He even shared in his speeches that the presence of heavy security measures intimidated patients visiting hospitals.