Locals beat up the superintendent of Baranagar state general hospital late on Friday evening when they found that a 73-year-old patient suffering from cardiac ailments could not be shifted to another hospital as the only ambulance of the hospital was taken by the superintendent to attend a wedding ceremony.
Ghanasyam Das,a resident of Baranagar,was admitted to the hospital with cardiac ailments. His condition deteriorated and doctors advised to shift him to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital. The hospital authorities told the family that the only ambulance it has was not available. It was later found that hospital superintendent Biswanath Das had taken the ambulance to attend a wedding ceremony at Salt Lake.
On learning this,the patients relatives became furious.
It was not possible to get an ambulance around 11 pm. We learnt that the hospital superintendent had himself taken the ambulance for private use. We had no other option but to inform the local club members about the matter, said Ghanasyams grandson Monohar Das. The members of the club situated on the hospital premises arrived at the hospital. No sooner they saw Das returning,they started beating him up and also attacked other doctors of the hospital who were on duty at that time.
They demanded the superintendent to give an explanation as to why he took the ambulance for his personal use. Later,Ghanasyam was taken to RG Kar Hospital in the ambulance.
After the club members left,Das lodged a complaint against the youths for beating him up and the other doctors. Madan Kanti Das,the driver of the ambulance,said that he had taken the hospital superintendent to Salt Lake on his orders. I was also beaten up by the club members after returning, he said.
Mrinal Kumar Acharya,a doctor of the hospital,said the superintendent and some other doctors and nurses went to attend the wedding ceremony of a doctors daughter.
The superintendent took the ambulance and other doctors only accompanied him, he said.
Das admitted that he had availed the services of the ambulance to attend the ceremony. It is true that I went to Salt Lake with some other doctors in the ambulance. It is also a fact that the superintendent of this hospital does not get a car, he said.