Psychiatrists of private chambers across the country are observing two-day work abstention protesting the arrest of National Institute of Mental Health and Hospital (NIMH) Registrar Dr Abdullah Al Mamun in connection with the death of senior ASP Anisul Karim Shipon at a private mental health hospital.
The ASP was allegedly beaten to death by the employees of Mind Aid Hospital in Adabar in the capital on November 9.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the Bangladesh Association of Psychiatrists (BAP), the country’s largest organisation of psychiatrists, on Wednesday.
They will not see any patient in their private chambers on Wednesday and Thursday.
These two days, psychiatrists have been urged to stop private practices, both online and offline.
Dr Helal Uddin Ahmed, an associate professor at the NIMH, said they will not see patients in private chambers for two days.
However, patient services and clerical works will be continued in the government hospitals.
Earlier in the morning, junior doctors and staff of the NIMH staged a demonstration and besieged the office of the hospital director and senior doctors of the institute demanding the release of Dr Abdullah Al Mamun.
Later, they postponed their protest programme following the assurance of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA).