The Resident doctor at Sion Hospital was allegedly attacked by a patient’s relatives last night. —ANI

Mumbai, March 23

Doctors across Maharashtra’s public hospitals, who are on strike for the past five days, have intensified their stir after a lady doctor was attacked at Mumbai’s Sion Hospital on Wednesday night.

According to doctors, relatives of a child assaulted a lady paediatrician after she asked the patient’s squabbling relatives to get out of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The doctor, Mansi Patil, has filed a complaint with the police and three women have been booked, the doctors said.

At least five relatives of the patient were present in the NICU and they were disturbing other patients, the striking doctors said in a statement.

The lone security guard employed outside the NICU was out for dinner when the incident took place.

According to the hospital, the child’s condition is improving. 

Following last night’s incident, striking resident doctors have decided not to resume duty till security was beefed up at hospitals.

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) is demanding that the authorities restrict the number of relatives to two per patient as is the norm at private hospitals.

Meanwhile, another incident of violence against doctors has come to light. Relatives ransacked a public hospital in Sangli after the post-mortem of a deceased patient was allegedly delayed by seven hours.

The Maharashtra government has however decided to crack down on the strike by resident doctors numbering more than 40,000 across the state. Authorities at many hospitals began issuing show-cause notices to the striking doctors from Wednesday.

However, the striking doctors announced that they would continue their protests following the fresh incidents of assault.

 Courtesy: The Tribune


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