Attacks on doctors have become commonplace nowadays. In a not-so-uncommon incident in Pune a doctor was stabbed by a patient at a city hospital when he was examining the said patient.
The doctor filed a police complaint and immediately took the complaint back saying that his complaint won’t stop the attacks on doctors.
Dr Santosh Awari, family physician at Singhagad Specialty Hospital, who was attacked, said, “I do not wish to go ahead with the complaint as I do not have time to devote for the future formalities. Every day doctors are attacked and even if I register a complaint, the attacks are not going to stop. When I started practicing I had told myself that I will be attacked during my practice. A police complaint has no longer remained a deterrent to stop attacks against doctors.”
On September 18, when Dr Awari was taking his evening rounds to check on the admitted patients at the hospital, a 75-year-old patient attempted to stab him. The incident has got captured in CCTV footage.
The patient was admitted in the hospital for acute asthmatic episode since four days before the date of the incident. “When he attacked me, he was asking me that why I am charging him so much. But I did not prepare any hospital bill as it was to take two more days for the patient to recover. I had asked them to relocate the patient to some other hospital if they could not pay the hospital bill. I guess, the son might have told an escalated figure of the bill on his own to extract some money from his father,” added Dr Awari.
While commenting on the incident, Dr Prakash Marathe, Indian Medical Association (IMA) President, Pune said, “It is very bad that doctors are being attacked. Does this mean that doctors should now keep some safe distance from patients while talking to them or should they carry some weapon for self-protection?”