TNN | Jun 26, 2015, 10.23 PM IST

Agra: There seems to be no let up in assaults on doctors in the state. On Friday morning, another case was reported from the city’s SN Medical College. A junior doctor posted at the hospital’s emergency ward allegedly received grievous injuries on his face and head after attendants of a gunshot patient allegedturned violent and beat him up.

After the incident, agitated junior doctors stopped work and went on a strike demanding security arrangements at the premises. They resumed work only after four hours when college administration assured them that they would be looking into their demands.

Later, police lodged an FIR against unnamed persons under Sections 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code, besides relevant sections of Medical Protection Act. A few of the patient’s relatives were detained for questioning.

According to college authorities, a man from Firozabad with bullet injuries in his stomach was brought to emergency ward by five or six of his relatives. Doctors immediately started the patient’s treatment but as it was medico-legal case, medics started questioning the attendants about the incident which led to the patient sustaining the injuries. This irked the attendants and without any provocation, they allegedly punched the orthopedic, Dr Aditya Kumar, on his face, breaking his nose. Kumar also received injuries on his head.

As the news of assault on the doctor spread, junior doctors from other branches gathered at the emergency ward and tried to apprehend the attendants. However, they managed to flee the spot along with the patient. A mobile phone left behind at the ward in the melee by one of the attendants helped police trace the culprits to a private nursing home.

Meanwhile, doctors closed the main gate of the emergency ward and sat on a dharna. A junior doctor said the incidents of patient’s attendants misbehaving with doctors and other staff are on the rise. They demanded that police force should be deployed at the hospital as a deterrent against rowdy attendants. They also wanted that medico-legal cases should be dealt at the district hospital and not at the medical college.

College principal Ajay Agarwal said, “The safety and security concerns of doctors are genuine, and police have agreed to deploy one team of armed constables at the emergency ward. Besides this, we will also increase the number of private guards there. An FIR has already been lodged and hopefully culprits will be arrested soon.”

According to the Indian Medical Association, on an average there are at least two cases of assault on doctors in the state every week. The situation is so grim that the medical staff had to appeal to the Allahabad high court recently to intervene in the matter. A PIL is being heard in the court.

Courtesy – The Times of India


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