Kolhapur: Doctor assaulted by angry relatives after patient’s death  

In a fresh incident of violence against of doctors, a resident doctor was assaulted in a government hospital in Kolhapur by angry relatives of a prisoner who was brought in for treatment

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The incident took place on Friday morning at Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Government Medical College. A resident doctor who was on duty in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was beaten up by the angry relatives of the patient after the patient’s death.

A prisoner named Akshay Kondekar, was brought to the hospital in the wee hours on August 10. He was immediately rushed to the ICU and the treatment was started. But around 8:30 am on August 10, the patient died.

When this news broke out to the relatives they barged into the ICU department and started assaulting the resident doctor who was on duty.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Chaitanya Kulkarni, President of the Resident Doctors Association of Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Government Medical College, said, “The relatives barged into the ICU and started beating the doctor. Due to the incident, the moral of doctors is very low. We provide medical services for 24/7 and this is what we get in return. We have written a letter to the dean, condemning the attack.”

Dr Kulkarni further said, “We are waiting for the administration to take appropriate action to provide security to the doctors. Then we will decide the future course of action. But, the question of the doctor’s security is very important and needs to be addressed.”

He concluded saying, “The hospital administration has assured us that the doctors will be provided adequate security in two weeks time. We have decided not to call for a strike as we do not want to cause an create an inconvenience for the patients.”

This is not the first time that a doctor from a government hospital in Maharashtra has faced the wrath of the angry relatives.

Two months back a resident doctors from Mumbai’s state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospitals was also brutally attacked by the angry relatives. The resident doctors went on mass bunk to raise the issue of security.