Five held; relatives of deceased patient allege medical negligence

he Bund Garden Police on Sunday (July 31) arrested five relatives of a patient who beat up two resident doctors at Sassoon General Hospital ward number 14 on Saturday night. CCTV installed at the hospital has captured the incident that took place around 11.55 pm on July 30. The kin of the patient that died at the hospital have also lodged a police complaint against the security guards for beating one of them. While the hospital dean has suspended five security guards for not protecting the doctors from being roughed up on the hospital campus, the relatives of the deceased have refused to claim the body alleging medical negligence.

According to the police complaint lodged by Resident Doctor Abhijit Jawanjal (24), autorickshaw driver Tanaji Sakat (43) of Jaiprakash Nagar in Yerawada was admitted in ward number 14 on July 29. Sakat died during treatment around 11 pm on July 30 due to liver failure. After hearing the news of Sakat’s death, the deceased’s relative Ramesh Bhise and four others argued with the doctors and beat up Jawanjal and his colleague Dr Sadik Mulla (30) with hands and stethoscope.

 “One of the suspects lifted a wooden chair and tried to hit on my head but I was saved by Dr Sadik. Thus the suspect attempted to kill us,” the complainant states.

The suspects fled after causing the ruckus but security guards nabbed Bhise and handed him over to the Bund Garden police after beating him up. Doctors filed the police complaint against five suspects around 6 am the next day. The arrested include Ramesh Bhise, Rahul Pardeshi, Vicky Gaikwad, Avinash Jadhav and Rohan Salve, all residents of Yerawada and aged between 20 and 30 years.

“The suspects do not have any criminal history and were not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. We have charged them for attempt to murder as one of them lifted a chair and tried to hit the doctor, and the blow could have been fatal,” said Ramesh Khomne, Inspector (crime) of Bund Garden Police Station.

The five suspects have been arrested under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing heart by dangerous weapons), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing heart), 506 (abuse), 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly) of the IPC. They have also been charged under Section 4 of Maharashtra Medical Service Act 2010.

The relatives of the deceased have also filed a police complaint against security guards and doctors for medical negligence. “We have booked four security guards as per Sections 324, 34 (with common intention) of IPC and forwarded the complaint against doctors to the Sassoon Medical Board and will take action against the latter as per the board opinion,” Khomne said.

The deceased’s wife Sangita Sakat and son Tushant said, “Doctors did not attend my father well and security guards beat one of our relatives. We will not claim the body till the police file complaint against security guards and doctors.”

Sassoon General Hospital Dean Dr Ajay Chandanwale said that the patient was suffering from chronic liver disease. “Sakat was suffering from blood discharge from mouth and anal. Dr Abhijit Jawanjal and Dr Sadik Mulla were treating the patient under Medicine Unit Head Dr Vasudha Desai. The doctors have given right treatment to the patient,” Chandanwale said, adding “now two doctors are admitted in Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and are recovering well.”

Condemning the attack on doctors, Dr Dnyaneshwar Halnor, Secretary, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) of Pune Chapter demanded better security at the hospital. “We want 24-hour armed police force deployed at every floor of the hospital and two security guards at every ward. Only one relative of the patient should be allowed to stay in the ward,” Halnor said.

MARD president Dr Kanharam Patel said Dr Jawanjal suffered head injuries.

The Bund Garden police arrested have four security guards of Sassoon General Hospital.



By Dyaneshwar Bhonde

31 july2016