The security in the city's civic hospitals has been increased in the last one week, following attacks on residents’ doctors. Subsequently, crowds of patients as well as relatives on hospital campuses has declined up to 40% at the city's main hospitals - KEM, Nair and Sion. 650 security guards have been deployed in the public hospitals to monitor anti-social activities and to ensure that only relatives accompanying patients with valid passes are allowed entry into the hospitals.
"We have been getting many complaints from patients as well as local politicians after security was tightened. But we are committed to instil a sense of discipline," said KEM dean Dr Avinash Supe.
At JJ hospitals Patients with valid passes are only allowed. The public hospitals used to record a daily attendance of 10,000 – 30,000 people before security was beefed up following repeated attacks by irate relatives of patients.
A kiosk has also been installed near the KEM hospital near the casualty area which will help in knowing details about departments, doctors, financial aid and other services, say doctors.
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