Govt orders probe into assault on Coronation Hosp doctor



Shivani Azad| TNN | Jun 7, 2016

DEHRADUN: The hill state appears to be staring at a serious medical crisis as the capital city’s Coronation Hospital has shut its OPD in protest against the assault on its doctor, while medical practitioners from across the state have also threatened to join the stir if the accused are not arrested soon.
48-year-old Rajesh Kumar died in the hospital on Monday after which his kin assaulted a doctor with slippers. They alleged that Kumar died to negligence of the doctor.
The outpatient department (OPD) of Coronation Hospital remained closed on Tuesday causing huge inconvenience to hundreds of patients.
The hospital administration is adamant to keep its OPD shut until the accused are nabbed.
On Tuesday morning, a meeting was organised at the hospital in which the doctors in unison decided not to entertain any patient and appealed to all other hospitals to join them in the stir. The state government also came into fire-fighting mode on Tuesday.
Health minister Surendera Singh Negi asked director general of health Dr. Kusum Nariyal to conduct an inquiry into the matter.
“I have directed the DG-health to take appropriate action. Beating a doctor is not acceptable. But at the same time, it is unpardonable if a patient dies due to negligence of doctor,” the minister said. Meanwhile, the doctors under the Provincial Medical Health Services (PMHS) have come in support of the staff of Coronation Hospital.
They have given a memorandum to senior superintendent of police (SSP) Dehradun Sadanand Date, demanding immediate action against the culprits, “else the government hospitals will be forced to remain shut from Thursday onward.”
“We are seeking action against the culprits under Health Protection Act 2014,” said Dr. Pankaj Sharma, chairman of PMHS-Dehradun branch. Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dehradun said that all the private practitioners will also call off work if action is not taken soon.
“IMA doctors support the decision of PMHS doctors. The act of thrashing a doctor is highly condemnable. Poor security cover at hospitals are the root cause of such incidences in Uttarakhand. Unfortunately these incidences are rising in the state because culprits are not afraid,” said Dr. D.D. Chaudhury, honorary state secretary of IMA Uttarakhand.

Courtesy: The Times of India


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