TWO POSTGRADUATE resident doctors at BJ Medical College were assaulted by relatives of a patient who was suffering from liver cirrhosis and died on Friday night. The relatives of the patient have also complained to the police that the doctors threatened them.
As per the information given by Bundgarden police, the incident took place in ward number 14 of Sassoon General Hospital attached to BJ Medical College on Friday night. The doctors who were assaulted have been identified as Dr Abhijit Jawanjal (24) and Dr Sadiq Yunus (30). Around 11 pm, the two doctors were allegedly beaten up and hit with a wooden chair and blood pressure apparatus by the relatives of patient Tanaji Kondiba Sakat, a rickshaw driver and a resident of Hadapsar.
The relatives of the patient also filed an FIR against Dr Jawanjal , Dr Yunus and some security guards for allegedly threatening them.
Police are now probing both the FIRs and said necessary action will be taken after primary probe. On Sunday night police detained five relatives of the patient and had called some of the security guards for questioning.
Medical superintendent Dr Ajay Taware said, “FIR has been registered against the relatives of the patient. There were eight security guards on duty who did not take any action and were also planning to file a complaint against them.”
At the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, Chairperson Dr Sagar Mundada said this was the 12th attack on doctors this year in the state. “Despite the court directing the government to limit the number of relatives per patient at two, the government has not acted. The mob psychology results in such incidents.” Dr Mundada said.
Resident doctors said security guards were promised by government last September but they are nowhere to be seen. The existing security guards are least bothered about intervening during such incidents, the doctors added. “People must understand that this is only worsening the doctor patient relationship and such physical violence is unacceptable. We want immediate action failing which we will take stringent measures from our side,” said Dr Mundada.
According to Dr K Patel, in-charge of MARD Pune unit, “Dr Yunus got a nasal bone fracture while Dr Jawanjal suffered a contusion. On Sunday, the doctors staged a protest and demanded a change in security system.”
Dean Dr Ajay Chandanwale said, “Maharashtra Suraksha Mandal agency that provides security guards at Sassoon Hospital has been told to discontinue services following incident.”