Thiruvananthapuram: The Medical College Hospital (MCH) authorities are contemplating steps to check overcrowding in the hospital in the backdrop of the incidents late last night when a group of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists unleashed violence inside the casualty wing, destroying hospital property and attacking patients and hospital staff.
The Kerala Government Medical College Teachers' Association (KGMCTA) condemned the incident and demanded that a safe working environment be provided for doctors and nurses inside the hospital.
Doctors have threatened to close down the casualty wing from 8 a.m. on July 1, if positive steps are not taken in this regard.
At a meeting of the MCH authorities, including the Principal, the Superintendent, the Director of Medical Education, the Casualty Superintendent, doctors and senior Nursing Superintendents held on Monday, it was pointed out that the unrestricted entry allowed to the public now inside the hospital would have to be contained to prevent such incidents in future.
The point was raised by doctors and other hospital staff when the Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy visited the hospital in the afternoon. Doctors and the nursing staff said the incidents yesterday had created a sense of insecurity among the staff, who are already working under much pressure.
The security inside the hospital would have to be tightened, but such measures were often met with public resistance, it was pointed out. Earlier, the hospital employees also held a protest meeting wherein they demanded that they be provided adequate security to carry on their work.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers' Association (KGMCTA), at an emergency general body meeting at the MCH, pointed out that there had been several such incidents in the past when criminal elements took matters into their own hands and attacked doctors and nurses on duty.
The authorities were yet to take any serious measures to control overcrowding and continued to view such incidents with complacence, it said.
Unrestricted entry is being allowed to any one who pays Rs.2 for an entry pass and this is interfering with patient care, administration and teaching activities in a big way. The security system in the hospital is totally ineffective and most visitors stay back in the wards long after the visiting hours.
The KGMCTA has demanded that the security system in the hospital be tightened and brought under the control of the Superintendent. Only one person should be allowed to stay back with every patient in the wards from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m.
The police aid post, currently functioning at the main gate, should be re-located to the casualty wing and only one person should be allowed in with every patient inside the casualty.
The KGMCTA has also demanded that funeral processions should not be allowed from the hospital campus and that the parking of autorickshaws on the campus be banned.