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Supreme Court agrees to hear PIL seeking security for doctors at govt hospitals

Members of Indian Medical Association protesting violence against doctors in New Delhi (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)Premium
Members of Indian Medical Association protesting violence against doctors in New Delhi (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

  • The petition cites media reports of a brutal attack on a junior doctor in Kolkata by the family members of a senior citizen
  • On 14 June, doctors across the country boycotted work as a sign of solidarity with their counterparts in West Bengal

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking security for doctors at government hospitals across the country. A Vacation Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant listed the matter for hearing on Tuesday.

Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava mentioned the case earlier today amid the ongoing country-wide strike by doctors protesting the brutal attack on an intern doctor in West Bengal, allegedly by relatives of a patient who died on 10 June.

The petition filed on Friday sought an urgent hearing and also sought directions to union ministries and West Bengal government to depute security personnel at all state-run hospitals to ensure safety and security of doctors.

The PIL has been filed in Calcutta High Court as well, but the court refused to grant any interim relief. The Calcutta High Court will next hear the case on 21 June.

Doctors across the country have been protesting against the attack on their colleagues in West Bengal. Scores of doctors in government and private hospitals in the national capital, including those at AIIMS, have decided to boycott work for a day on Monday.

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