Security guard thwarts doctors from being attacked at Nagpur hospital

An incident which occurred today morning at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMC), Nagpur reignited the debate on the issue regarding the safety of doctors in India

Doctor attack: Security guard thwarts doctors from being assaulted at Nagpur hospital

  • Since January 2015 to August 2016, 44 cases of doctor’s attack have been reported in total.
  • In the year 2016, 198 cases were reported, where doctors were attacked either by the patient’s relatives or by the patient themselves.
  • As per WHO data in 2014, 600 doctors in 19 countries were attacked while they were at work

A six-year-old girl was diagnosed on Friday, May 04 with Guillain Barre Syndrome, the doctors had asked the parents of the girl to bring a vial of Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). It was not brought by them due to financial issues. After repeated counselling by the doctors they finally managed bring only one dose of IV IG, which was administered to the patient given on Saturday, May 05.

The patient began to develop complications and had little respiratory difficulties from today morning. She suddenly went into bradycardia and cardiac arrest, the patient was intubated, and CPR was also done. The girl was put on a ventilator but could not be revived.

After an hour, her relatives became violent. The girl’s father hit the door, due to which the glass of the door was broken, while mother held the glass in her hand and tried to injure the doctors around her.

Doctor attack: Security guard thwarts doctors from being assaulted at Nagpur hospital

Another relative brought a knife, but the security guard tried to control him. The guard prevented him from attacking any doctors or nurses. This person then, used the knife and stabbed the security guard on the face twice.

The other resident doctors and nurses fled the scene to avoid being hurt or attacked.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Anuradha Shrikhande, Dean, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital, said, “It is disheartening to see that a doctor has been attacked. But, today the security guard did a fantastic job by preventing it. He tried to stop the relative from attacking the doctor and he has been injured, in the scuffle. But, his condition is stable now.”

Dr Sagar Mundada, IMA youth wing president, Maharashtra, said, “Day by day, we are witnessing more and more attack on the doctors. Nowadays relatives believe that the patient have died due to the doctor’s negligence. There is a law to protect doctors from such attacks, but the law has not been implemented properly since the beginning. Unless the law is enforced strictly, such attacks will not stop.”