Row at PGI as technician 'manhandles' doctor
The resident doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Thursday went on strike for a few hours after an operation theatre technician allegedly manhandled a resident doctor.chandigarh Updated: May 04, 2012 14:27 IST
The resident doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Thursday went on strike for a few hours after an operation theatre technician allegedly manhandled a resident doctor.
However, operation theatre technicians later dismissed the allegations as baseless. Dr Ajay Mishra, a senior resident from the department of anaesthesia, in a complaint filed with the PGI police post, alleged that he was on duty at the Advanced Cardiac Centre, when at around 9.30 am he was manhandled in the toilet by operation theatre technician Gurpreet Sethi.
Later, around 100 resident doctors led by the Association of Resident Doctors, gathered in front of the director's office. Having failed to hear from the administration, the doctors forcibly entered the director's office complex and asked the administration to take action against the technician.
The administration, led by director Dr YK Chawla, medical superintendent Dr AK Gupta, and department of anaesthesia professor Dr YK Batra, asked them to send their representatives for talks.
Later, the administration assured them that they would take action against the technician within 24 hours, following which the doctors left the spot.
Dr Sandeep Patel, president, Association of Resident Doctors, said, "If the action is not taken within 24 hours, we would be forced to intensify our stir."
On the other hand, operation theatre technicians, led by the Operation Theatre Technical Staff Association, gathered in front of the PGI police post and claimed that the incident had been concocted.
They said that in case the administration took action against the "innocent" technician, the association would be forced to take action.
"We want the matter to be resolved amicably. It is a matter between two individuals. Let the associations not come into this and vitiate the atmosphere of the institute," said Jagjeet Singh, president of the association.
Sethi later said that the incident was concocted and was the outcome of an old rivalry, under which the same doctor had asked him to perform a work, which did not form part of his job, and which he had refused. "I was inside the operation theatre at the time I have been accused of manhandling the doctor," claimed Sethi.
Eram Rizvi, in-charge, PGI police post, said they had registered a DDR after having received a complaint from the doctor.
First Published: May 04, 2012 14:17 IST