Panaji: Indian Medical Association’s Goa unit on Monday protested at Porvorim police station demanding arrest of a person, who had allegedly assaulted a doctor on duty at a private hospital.
The IMA delegation met Deputy Superintendent of Police Edwin Colaco, who said that the culprits would be arrested under relevant acts immediately.
IMA Goa President Dr Vinayak Buvaji said that the doctors were bound to be protected under Goa Medicare Act, 2013.
“We are cultured but at the same time, we want to inform you (police) that we can go for a tool down strike, if no arrest is made,” Dr Dattaram Desai, a senior doctor told senior police officers.
The IMA doctors said that while a complaint was lodged and an FIR was filed, the accused was allowed to go despite being called at the police station.
The doctors have said that they are protected under the Medicare Act, 2013 but the police department was not implementing the law. “We are scared to work under such circumstances,” a senior doctor said.
Dr Saidutt Kuvelkar, another senior medical practitioner, said that the doctors will resort to strike, if there are no arrests made. “The police will be held responsible, if doctors have to resort to strike,” he said.
The doctors gave a deadline of Wednesday morning for the police to arrest the accused, failing which the medical practitioners will decide further course of action.
Responding to the demand, Colaco said that the accused involved in the case would be arrested immediately.
A doctor working with a private hospital, identified as Amol Tilve, had lodged a complaint on Friday with Porvorim police stating he had been hit by a man whose wife had delivered a baby at the facility.