An intern working at the Government Medical College, Aurangabad, was assaulted on Monday night by a patient’s relatives when he intervened to save a resident doctor while being manhandled, said Yashowardhan Kabra, president of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) .
While the cause of the assault remains unknown, Kabra said the relatives entered the operation theatre (OT), dragged the doctor out and started roughing him up. It was here when the intern stepped in to resolve the issue and protect the doctor that he was thrashed. The doctor he was trying to protect had put a cast on the patient’s fractured toe.
“An intern, who tried to intervene, was beaten up. Doctors at the hospital told us that the relatives were drunk when the attack happened. Though a first information report (FIR) has been filed against the relatives, no one has been arrested till date,” said Kabra.
He added that despite growing number of attacks on doctors, there is not a single word of assurance from the government about the safety of doctors working at state-run hospitals.
Residents doctors from Sion Hospital are on strike since yesterday after a doctor was assaulted on the hospital premises on Saturday night by three relatives of a patient admitted with a chronic kidney disease. While the patient died, his relatives were arrested by the police.
Dr Suleman Merchant, dean of the Sion Hospital, said the doctors had given him a letter, explaining their decision to call for ‘mass bunking’ . “We are scared to work in hazardous conditions. We will not be able to give our services,” read the letter.
March 16: A doctor and a nurse were manhandled by a mob of 22 people after a patient with swine flu died at Nashik civic hospital
March 12: A resident doctor from Dhule civil hospital was thrashed mercilessly by relatives of a patient who succumbed to the a serious head injury.