A resident doctor posted at the Government Medical College (GMC), Aurangabad was allegedly assaulted in the early hours of Monday by the relatives of a deceased patient who was suffering from a stroke.
The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has threatened a strike if the culprits were not arrested by Tuesday. “By Wednesday, the entire state will participate,” said Dr Sagar Mundada, MARD president.
The doctor, Sunil Kamble is attached to the medicine department at the hospital and was allegedly manhandled at 1:30 am.
Kamble said the deceased patient, Khwaja Sayed (80), was brought to the hospital with paralysis and loss of speech on Sunday night at 10 pm.
“I conducted a CT scan and advised the family to admit him.
But they were not ready and claimed that he has had such convulsions before and always recovered after an injection. By 11.30 pm, he suffered another round of convulsion. Though we put him on a drip and tried PCR, he succumbed by 1 am,” Kamble claimed.
A mob of around 30 people gathered outside the hospital and three men allegedly assaulted Kamble.
This is the third instance of assault on a doctor this month in the state, and the tenth so far this year, according to Dr Novhil Brahmankar, secretary, MARD.
Monday’s incident has been captured on the hospital’s CCTV camera and a first information report was filed on Monday under Sections 353, 523, 504, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 4 of Doctor’s Protection Act.
During the last year there were three cases reported at GMC Nanded, three at GMC Nagpur, two at Sion Hospital, Mumbai, two at KEM Hospital, Mumbai, one at JJ Hospital, Mumbai, one at BJ Medical college, Pune, and one at GMC Aurangabad.
According to doctors, the latest case in Aurangabad is the second to be recorded in a month in the district. While the doctors were earlier assured to receive additional security, no such move has been made yet. By Monday evening, a meeting with police commissioner was conducted to discuss the issue of security for doctors.
If the Tuesday strike commences, this will be the second such strike since July 2, when 4,500 doctors had declared a state-wide protest demanding better working conditions.