The Gauhati High Court has said that only installation of CCTV cameras in hospitals is not enough rather they should be connected to the nearest police station to prevent attacks on doctors.
It has been directed by the Bench of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak to the state government to apprise the court about the progress in this matter within 10 days.
The High Court made this observation on Friday
While hearing a public interest litigation filed by one Sourav Paul, the high court made this observation on Friday. The next date of hearing will be on August 16. The Bench also heard a suo motu PIL which was registered in June based on a letter by Advocate Sneha Kalita on the attack of a doctor at Udali Model Hospital (COVID Care Centre) in Hojai district.
Assam Advocate General D Saikia had apprised the court that almost all the government medical colleges and the district government hospitals are having CCTV cameras. “But there are some government hospitals, including some Model Hospitals, where CCTV cameras are yet to be installed,” it added.
A doctor was severely assaulted at Udali Model Hospital by relatives and friends of a Covid-19 patient, who died during treatment on June 1 while twenty-eight had been arrested in this connection.