Nurses at the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) went on a snap stir on Friday in protest against the alleged attack on a male nurse on duty by the relatives of a patient.
Gali Umesh, who was on duty at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), was attacked for objecting to four relatives of a patient, Fathima, who was undergoing treatment there, who tried to barge into the ICU. Irked by the objection, the four allegedly dragged Mr. Umesh out of the hospital and assaulted him.
As news about the assault spread, nurses on duty at VIMS, excluding those attached to the emergency ward, struck work and staged a dharna seeking action against the guilty and protection for nursing staff.
The nursing staff, along with Mr. Umesh, narrated the incident to the hospital superintendent and urged him to initiate steps to provide protection to them and initiate action against the attackers.
Shantabai, president of the Nursing Staff Association, criticised the attack. “It is unfair on the part of the relatives of a patient to attack a nurse on duty. The association will view the issue very seriously and take it up with the highest level. It will urge the government to provide protection to nursing staff and prevent such incidents from recurring,” she told The Hindu . Mr. Umesh lodged a complaint with the Cowl Bazaar police. The nursing staff withdrew their protest after senior doctors and police officers assured them that stern action would be taken against the guilty.
A case has been registered in the Cowl Bazaar police station.
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