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New Delhi: Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) has terminated the services of marshals and bouncers in its campus on Tuesday following Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya’s directive. Sources in the ministry said the move was taken after Mandaviya expressed displeasure over his visit to the hospital. He said in his speech that due to the presence of a large security system, the patients are scared.

“They don’t come to fight. They (patients) come for treatment and doctors should empathize with them,” the Union minister had said while speaking at an event at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) earlier this year. VK Sharma, deputy director of the centrally-run hospital, had written to the private agency to help with security arrangements. “Services of marshals/bouncers have been temporarily suspended at LHMC and associated hospitals,” the letter read.

According to sources in the Union Health Ministry, the move is likely to be emulated in other centrally-run hospitals. “RML Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital have also hired private security personnel. Soon they may be given notice to terminate the contract,” said a senior official. However, the decision has angered the doctor fraternity who are now concerned for their safety as incidents of assaults by attendants on patients are common in public hospitals.

Dr Sarada, general secretary of LHMC’s Resident Doctors Association, said doctors were not consulted before taking the decision and a team of doctors will meet the hospital administration to find out the reason behind the decision “We are understaffed and the extra security gives us. Confidence to work in an environment that suits us. We were not consulted. However, we will first try to know the reason behind this move as removing the security will concern the security of all of us,” he said.

A few months ago, a junior doctor in LHMC’s pediatric department was brutally beaten up by the attendants of a child brought dead to the hospital. The attendants did not accept the declaration of death by the doctor on duty and pressed to admit the child. The doctor was severely beaten for refusing.

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According to Union Health Ministry sources, the move is likely to be emulated in other centrally-run hospitals in the capital. Sources in the ministry said the move was taken after Mandaviya expressed displeasure over his visit to the hospital. He also said in his speech that the presence of tight security scares patients visiting hospitals



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