The Wire highlights the recent attack on resident doctors, following the death of a patient at the Nilratan Sarkar Medical College (NRS) in Kolkata highlights the glaring, yet often overlooked, issue of violence against doctors meted out by relatives, caregivers and patients. A study done by CEHAT on the Violence faced by Resident Doctors which points to a critical gap: the absence of formal mechanisms, protocols, and policies to prevent and address violence against residents. The role of the hospital administration and the state is critical in addressing this.
What Hospitals Can Do to Curb Attacks on Resident Doctors
In a recent survey of 193 resident doctors, 61.7% had been exposed to violence by relatives, patients and/or accompanying caregivers.