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Saturday , October 20 , 2012
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Docs boycott medical salesmen

Guwahati, Oct. 19: Doctors of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital have decided to boycott medical representatives after an altercation broke out between doctors and a medical representative, who allegedly misbehaved with a senior doctor.

The incident occurred when a few medical representatives forcibly entered a unit of the department of medicine during working hours and caused disturbances for doctors who were busy attending patients.

“I was in my room when some patients informed me that a few people were disturbing the doctors while they were attending to patients in the OPD area. On entering the OPD, I saw that a few medical representatives were trying to market their medical products, thereby obstructing doctors from attending patients. Despite being repeatedly told not to come to the hospital during OPD hours, these medical representatives never listen,” said Debobrata Goswami, professor of GMCH’s department of medicine.

The representatives, however, claimed that the medical superintendent of the hospital had allowed them to enter the premises. “After being asked to leave, the representatives staged a dharna, shouting slogans against the medical superintendent and me, thereby creating a huge commotion,” Goswami said.

The hospital administration informed the police who brought the situation under control.

A section of senior doctors have demanded that entry of medical representatives inside the hospital premises be completely restricted. “If these medical representatives disturb us by trying to market their products, it results in loss of valuable time and patients have to suffer. There is a standing order that they can enter the hospital premises only after the OPD hours are over and if the doctors have no objection,” said a senior faculty of the medical college.

“Currently, the 55 homeguards are not sufficient to manage the huge crowd of people who come to the hospital everyday. Security should be tightened around the hospital by deploying more homeguards to keep a watch on the entry and exit of visitors,” said Manas Jyoti Taw, president of the Junior Doctors’ Association of GMCH.