Medical crisis in Uttarakhand? ऐसे हालात में कौन डॉक्टर आएगा अपने लोगों की सेवा करने!!!

Medical crisis in Uttarakhand? ऐसे हालात में कौन डॉक्टर आएगा अपने लोगों की सेवा करने!!!

Allegations of medical negligencies are not new in medical profession, but when people take law into their own hands and thrash doctors, and when administrative machinery fails to take action against culprits, there are valid reasons for medical fraternity to feel threatened. Increase in such incidents in Uttarakhand are worrying and bound to have an adverse affect on medical services of the state…


edical crisis is looming large over Uttarakhand as doctors are living in fear over growing incidents of patients’ attendants ill-treating doctors and their support staff. In the latest incident reported from Haldwani, the gateway of Kumaon,  on December 17, 2015, senior cardiologist, Dr. Pramod Joshi, who recently shifted from Delhi to serve people of his native place, was severely thrashed by attendants of a deceased patient who was under his treatment.

Taking serious note of it, all doctors of Haldwani have been on strike which has led to patients suffering due to lack of treatment. The situation has further aggravated as neither the police nor the administration have so far taken any action against the accused, which include Haldwani Block Pramukh Bhola Bhatt, affiliated to the Congress.

It is now an all-out war against Congress workers and the medical fraternity as doctors of other towns are also coming out in support of their Haldwani counterparts. With doctors threatening to intensify their stir and the Indian Medical Association taking up the matter with the state government and the Centre, things are only going to get worse.

Though recently there have cases of attendants of patients ill-treating and clashing with doctors and medical staff, which is very common in the government-run Sushila Tiwari Medical College, this particular incident has left medical community shocked as Dr. Joshi has suffered serious injuries and after being admitted in ICU in the Central Hospital, where he has set up a full-fledged cardiac centre about a year ago, he has now been shifted to Delhi for further treatment.

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Dr. Pramod Joshi was hospitalised after he was beaten up by attendants of a deceased patient

“I am in utter shock and feel sad that I left my high-paying medical profession in Delhi to serve ailing patients of Uttarakhand. My wife, a gynaecologist, along with my kids also shifted to make Haldwani our home thinking that we will return to our roots and serve our people and our community. But now my family and relatives are in fear and shock, and I am thinking whether I made the right decision to return to Uttarakhand,” Dr. Joshi told “Uttarakhand Panorama”.

Dr. Joshi, who belongs to Almora is an alumnus of prestigious Lucknow Medical College (KGMC), has served for over a decade in several prestigious medical institutes in Delhi including Escorts Fortis Heart Institute and Metro Heart Institute before shifting to Haldwani.

Significantly, there are several well-known specialists and doctors who are from Uttarakhand and working in Delhi and its neighbouring townships of Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad who want to shift to their native place to serve people. But now this incident in Haldwani has left them worried and thinking.

“I have been in talks with hospitals in Dehradun and Haldwani to set up a speciality clinic, but now I think I will have to drop the idea. Apart from ill-treatment of doctors by patients’ attendants, it is the apathy of the police, local administration and the state government that forces us not to shift back to our roots to serve our people. Unless the government takes strong measures to stop such hooliganism, medical facilities are not going to improve in Uttarakhand. It is not our loss, it is the loss of the state, particularly people living in hills and remote areas, who will remain devoid of good medical facilities,” said a Delhi-based doctors hailing from Uttarakhand.

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IMA members meeting Nainital District Magistrate Deepak Rawat seeking immediate action in the case

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