High drama was witnessed on Thursday evening when over 150 doctors staged a protest in front of the directors office at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) against operation theatre (OT) technicians,demanding action against one of them.
The resident doctors gathered in the front lawns around 6 pm and protested against the alleged manhandling of a doctor of the department of anaesthesia by an OT technician in the morning.
The members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) said Dr Ajay Mishra,a senior resident from the department of anaesthesia,was on duty at the Advanced Cardiac Centre,when around 9.30 am,he was allegedly locked in a staff toilet and assaulted and threatened by OT technician Gurpreet Sethi.
The ARD also filed a police complaint against him later in the evening. The ARD members claimed they had lodged several complaints against the said OT technician even in the past.
Speaking to mediapersons outside the PGI Police Post,Dr Mishra said,I was assaulted by Gurpreet in the washroom. He even threatened me.
However,Gurpreet told Chandigarh Newsline,I was in the operation theatre from 7.30 am till 2.30 in the afternoon. I have not done anything.
He added that about a fortnight ago,the same doctor had an argument with him over shifting of a patient from ICU,and Dr Mishra had cooked up Thursday assault story as he had been harbouring a grudge against him.
The technician said he had given in writing about this incident to their HoD who had already called a meeting on Friday with regard to the past incident.
PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said,The PGI administration is looking into the matter and it will be sorted out by tomorrow.
The PGI administration led by director Dr Y K Chawla,Dr A K Gupta,medical superintendent,Dr Y K Batra,professor,department of anaesthesia,assured the resident doctors of taking action against the erring technician within 24 hours. After that,the protesting doctors dispersed from the spot.
The Operation Theatre Technician Association also gathered in front of the PGI Police Post and claimed the incident was completely fabricated and if any action was taken against the technician,the association would also be forced to protest.