- Two junior resident doctors, of the state-run Sir JJ Group of hospitals, were assaulted by a patient’s relatives
- The incident took place at 7 am, on Saturday, in ward number 11 of the surgery ward
- The hospital administration has launched a probe into the incident, and a complaint has been filed in the JJ Marg Police Station
In a yet another shocking incident, two junior resident doctors, attached with state-run Sir JJ Group of hospitals, were assaulted by a patient’s relatives on Saturdaymorning. The attack, on the doctors, took place in ward number 11 of the surgery ward.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sudhir Nanandkar, Dean of Sir JJ Group of hospitals confirmed the incident. Dr Nanandkar said, “This is an unfortunate incident. We will conduct an inquiry into this matter. The angry relatives assaulted the doctors and then created ruckus inside the hospital premises as well. They also damaged the hospital’s property.”
This is not the first time that the doctor has been assaulted by the angry relatives at a hospital.
- On May 8, a similar incident took place at Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur. The security guard, who was trying to save the doctor, was also injured.
- In March 2018, a doctor attached to Mumbai’s St George hospital was also manhandled by the patient’s relatives.
- Since January 2015 to August 2016, as many as 44 cases of attacks on doctor have been reported.
- In the year 2016, as many as 198 cases were reported, where doctors were attacked either by patient’s relatives or by the patient themselves.
- As per WHO data, in 2014, around 600 doctors in 19 countries were attacked while they were at work.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shivkumar Utture, an IMA member, said, “We are demanding that the central government make the assaults on medical professionals, a provision under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Maharashtra Medical Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2010, does not fall under the IPC, so the police are not aware of this act. So, if any case regarding a doctor’s assault comes, it will not be registered under the Medicare Act.”
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, DCP Zone-1 Mumbai, Manoj Kumar Sharma said, “We have arrested four accused in the JJ hospital doctor’s assault case. With Medicare act we have slapped IPC sections 353 and 332 against the accused persons as well.”