The Supreme Court said on Monday that it will hear a plea on Tuesday, June 18 seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country.
A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant agreed to list the matter for Tuesday after the counsel appearing for the petitioner, advocates Alakh Alok Srivastava, sought urgent hearing.
The plea was filed on Friday in the wake of protests by doctors in West Bengal against assault on their colleagues by the family of a patient who died on Monday last at Kolkata NRS Medical College.
The petition filed by the doctors has also sought directions to Union Ministry’s of home affairs and health and West Bengal to depute government-appointed security personnel at all state-run hospitals across the country to ensure safety and security of doctors.
Doctors across the country have also staged protest on Monday and suspend OPD services. However, the emergency services will be available during the ongoing protest which started from 6 AM today.
The plea filed by doctors also said that due to the protests, the healthcare services in the country have been badly disrupted and many people are dying because of absence of doctors.