Patient attacks doctor in Mumbai with blade, arrested

The accused had come to the hospital around 12am to treat his minor injuries. While doctors were attending him, he took the surgical blade from the tray and attacked a resident doctor

Patient attacks doctor in Mumbai with blade, arrested
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A resident doctor associated with Mumbai’s civil-run KEM Hospital was attacked on Monday morning by a patient. The patient, who was under the influence of alcohol, attacked the doctor with blade around 12.45am on Monday.

The accused identified as a Sunil Bhamle (22) is a Shivadi resident and had come to hospital around 12am to treat his minor injuries. While doctors were attending him, he suddenly took surgical blade from the tray and attacked the resident doctor. The doctor has sustained a 1.5 centimetre deep cut on his right forearm.

“We can’t deny the treatment because a patient is drunk. We have to treat them as it’s our duty. But, it is difficult to understand what a patient in inebriated condition could do during the treatment or after the treatment, either to hurt himself or the doctor or the nurses. Such situations are not under our control,” Dr Yashovardhan Kabra, President of Central Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD).

“This particular incidence was not because of a relative, but because the patient was heavily drunk. Despite security present at the moment, the incident took place. There was only one relative accompanying him as per the rule,” added Kabra.

An First Information Report (FIR) has been registered with Parel police station. Immediately after the incident, the accused was arrested.

“We have taken the patient’s blood sample, which we will be produced in court proceeding as evidence to prove that the patient was under influence of alcohol,” said Kabra.

“Alcohol is the biggest evil of our society. It is a social issue. So we need to eradicate this from the root, through awareness and education. Only then such kind of incident will come under control,” said Kabra.