Maha: Doctor attacked by patient’s father, 1,500 doctors go on strike

A doctor working in Buldhana district, Maharashtra was assaulted on Wednesday, September 05 by a patient’s relative. To protest against this incident private doctors from Buldhana have gone on strike for two days

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Recently, a 4-year-old boy was admitted to Dr Meher Hospital. The boy was suffering from pneumonia.

After five days of treatment boy’s condition improved, the child’s father came to meet the doctors and demanded for immediate discharge of his son.

The father insisted for immediate discharge and abused the doctor. The father suddenly started punching the doctor’s face. The doctor fell unconscious after he was repeatedly hit by the accused.

Dr J B Rajpoot, Executive member of IMA MAharashtra, Buldhana while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “The boy was admitted in a very serious condition. The doctor and the team did their best and saved the boy’s life. But, after five days, the boy’s father came and insisted for discharge. The doctor told the staff to fulfil the necessary formalities. But, suddenly the boy’s father started abusing the doctor and began hitting the doctor on the face. After two hard blows the doctor fell unconscious. ”

Dr Rajpoot further said, “This is a very serious issue. Day by day the cases of assault on doctors are rising. in the past two months this is the fourth case where the doctor has been abused or assaulted. To condemn the attack we have decided to go on strike for two days, 1,500 doctors across Buldhana will not provide medical services for two days. Doctor’s Protection Act is not being implemented properly and there is no awareness about the same. On September 07 and 08, private doctors will not provide medical services.”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Superintendent of Police Buldhana, Dilip Patil-Bhujbal said, “We have registered a case against the accused. The accused is absconding since the incident took place. Our teams are searching for him.  We will soon nab the culprit.”

Unfortunately, this is not the first incident, wherein violence on doctors have been committed. There has been a spate of incidents in the past where doctors have been assaulted, with the most prominent doctor attack being an assault on a resident doctor from JJ Hospital, after which the doctors had gone on strike for four days.