Patients witnessed high drama at the civil hospital as all the doctors went on a mass strike outside the hospital to protest against the alleged misbehaviour of a patient and his relatives with staff on Saturday. The patient, however, refuted all allegations and claimed that the doctors did not treat him properly.
All the doctors stopped their work and gathered outside the hospital to sit on a strike. The civil surgeon Dr Rajiv Bhalla had to visit the civil hospital to take stock of the situation. The protesting doctors also lodged a complaint with Division 2 police over phone and asked the station house office Pawan Kumar to visit the spot.
They demanded an FIR against the three people who were accompanying the patient Bhupinder Singh (48) who was admitted to the hospital on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, when the staff of the surgery ward where Bhupinder was admitted asked him to go in for an X-ray, he asked for a wheelchair. Staff members said while he was advised to go in for an X-ray at around 7am, he did not go there till noon.
Later, when Bhupinder’s relatives asked the staff for a wheelchair, they told him that a patient was taken to the operation theatre on a wheelchair and they would have to wait. Hospital staff alleged that one of them started recording the nurses and misbehaved with them.
However, Bhupinder said his son was recording a video to show what the actual scenario was in the hospital.
Dr Harish Kirpal and Dr Devinder Kumar from the orthopaedic department alleged that the patient and his son, a Class 12 student, also misbehaved with them. Division 2 police registered a case against three, including the patient’s son, under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 294 (obscene acts and songs — whoever to the annoyance of others) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.
Bhupinder was admitted to the hospital under a medico legal case after his back was injured in a fight on Pakhowal road. Bhupinder claimed that he was not administered proper treatment.
Bhupinder Singh, patient under medico legal case