A resident doctor at the municipal Sion Hospital was assaulted by a relative of a patient who died during treatment on Wednesday.
According to the doctor, Nihar Desai, the 55-year old patient, was very critical when she was admitted to the hospital. “The patient had suffered a heart failure. The relatives took time to sign the consent form, only then I started the treatment,” said Desai. “After the consent from relatives, I immediately put the patient on the central line to monitor her heart pressure and give her some injectables. Unfortunately, she did not survive,” he said.
Dr Suleman Merchant, dean, Sion Hospital said, “The relatives held the resident doctor by his neck and called him names.” “This is not the first time such an incident has happened at the hospital. The security is very lax,” he said. Dr Sagar Mundada, president of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) said,“The BMC had promised new CCTV cameras and additional security staff at all civic hospitals by the end of November 2015. But there is no new staff at any BMC hospitals other than KEM.”
“As per a security audit done in September, there are only 30 security personnel at Sion hospital, whereas the demand is that of 100 or more,” he said.
“An FIR has been registered against one unidentified person No arrests have been made in the case,” said a police officer at Sion police station.