Duty doctors at the K.R. Hospital here staged a snap stir on Sunday after four of their on-duty colleagues were allegedly assaulted by relatives of a patient who died early in the day. He had been undergoing treatment since Thursday.

The man who died was identified as Muthu Venkateshaiah (75) from Kollegal, who was admitted to the hospital following complaints of gastroenteritis, vomiting and diarrhoea. The patient’s kidneys too were failing.

K.R. Hospital superintendent B.G. Sagar told presspersons that the patient’s son and other relatives assaulted the duty doctors, alleging that they had neglected Venkateshaiah. Assaults on doctors were taking place often at the hospital and protection should be given to them, Dr. Sagar said.

According to another doctor, who participated in the protest, the patient’s attendants had not followed doctors’ instructions like administering the right quantity of water and prohibiting fruits to the patient. Duty doctors had told the relatives on Saturday around 4 p.m. that the condition of the patient was deteriorating and the blood pressure was falling. The patient was shifted to the emergency ward on Sunday morning where his son and relativesassaulted the doctors.

Those assaulted were Dr. Riyaz Ahmad, Dr. Santosh, Dr. Shakti Kumar and Dr. Ravichandra.

Dean and director of the Mysore Medical College Geeta Avadhani stated that the patient was being treated for gastroenteritis, severe dehydration, diarrhoea and vomiting. The patient was in a state of shock when he was admitted to the hospital.

The risks involved were explained to the relatives in advance and “high risk consent” letter was signed by the patient’s son. Doctors, who were trying to save the patient’s life, should not have been attacked and it was a non-bailable offence. Terming the assault as unfortunate, she said a case had been registered at the Devaraja police station, following which four persons had been arrested.

Courtesy: The Hindu

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