July 16, 2018

Dead patient’s kin rough up PMCH docs

Patna: Relatives of a patient who died on Wednesday morning roughed up a few on-duty doctors at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).

After the attack the doctors went on a flash strike, demanding strict action against the accused and a security upgrade at the hospital.

The doctors, however, resumed duty in the afternoon after an assurance from the hospital administration to take up the case.

According to PMCH sources, the incident occurred at the neurology ward of the hospital around 3.30am after patient Hiramani Devi, 35, was admitted to the PMCH with head injuries. The woman was brought to the hospital in a critical condition and was admitted to the surgery ward of the neurology department but she died during treatment.

The patient was referred from a private hospital in Siwan. When the patient’s relatives came to know about the death they lost their cool and started abusing the doctors.

Dr Vinay Kumar, the president of PMCH Junior Doctors’ Association, said: “About six relatives of the patient started abusing and beating the doctors at the surgery ward after they came to know about the death. The relatives threatened the doctors and also beat up the security personnel at the hospital.”

As the incident occurred in the morning when most of the security personnel were asleep, the patient’s relatives overpowered the doctors. The situation was brought under control after security personnel from other wards reached the neuro department to rescue the doctors.

Soon after the incident the doctors went on a strike but on the assurance of the hospital administration they resumed duty around 12noon. The junior doctors later met PMCH principal Ajit Kumar Verma apprising him about the incident. The doctors demanded arrest of the culprits involved in the incident and upgrade of security arrangements.

An FIR was also lodged at Pirbahore police station.

PMCH superintendent Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said: “Based on the complaint made by the junior doctors, we have lodged an FIR at the Pirbahore police station. We are going to submit a demand to the district administration for deployment of police personnel on the hospital premises.”

Apart from the arrest of the accused the doctors also demanded effective functioning of the alarm system and the passes for patients and relatives entering the hospital.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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