The Vakola police have registered a non-cognisable (NC) complaint against BJP corporator Krishna Parkar for allegedly abusing and threatening Dr Prashant Yalgaar, who was on duty at VN Desai hospital on Friday.
The incident took place on Thursday night, when a doctor of the hospital allegedly refused to admit a minor boy, who was suffering from fever and showed symptoms of dengue. However, the doctor, in his statement, said they had treated the patient and there was no need to admit him.
Angry with the corporator’s behaviour, the ground staff went on a flash strike in the morning, said a police officer. The strike was called off at 4.30pm.
According to the police, Santacruz resident Lalchand Gupta’s 15-year-old son has been suffering from high fever for the past few days. Gupta brought his son to VN Desai hospital on Wednesday. The doctor gave him medicine and allowed him to go home. After a few hours, the boy started vomiting and was brought to the hospital again. The doctor gave him medicines and told Gupta there was no need to admit his son. Gupta then spoke to one of his friends, after which Parkar went to the hospital, along with his supporters and started arguing with the doctor. “It was a heated argument. The doctor alleged Parkar abused and threatened him. So we have registered an NC against Parkar,” said Mahadev Wavale, senior inspector, Vakola police station.
Dr Ashok Ghongade, medical superintendent, VN Desai hospital, said, “The corporator used abusive language and threatened Dr Yalgaar.”
Parkar said he did not resort to violence. “The police can check the CCTV footage. I only requested the doctor to admit the boy as his health was not improving,” he said.
Meanwhile, several patients who had come to the hospital to get treatment had to suffer because of the flash strike. Bindu Singh, a resident of Agripada, Santacruz, 42, was refused entry. “My mother has severe abdominal pain, but we were turned away,” said Bindu’s son.