Third incident in a week: Dead patient’s relatives assault Mumbai doctor

A first-year resident doctor at Sion Hospital was slapped repeatedly by the relatives of a 60-year-old woman, who allegedly died of chronic kidney disease

  • Nashik: (March 16): Intern Dr Rahul Patil and a nurse were beaten up
  • Dhule (March 12): Dr Rohan Mhamunkar was assaulted
  • Shirpur: Earlier this week a doctor’s clinic was ransacked
  • Latur: (January 18) Intern doctor was assaulted
Third incident in a week: Dead patient's relatives assault Mumbai doctor
Sion Hospital in Mumbai

While Dhule’s resident doctor, Dr Rohan Mhamunkar, is still recuperating from his injuries and vision loss after being brutally beaten up by deceased patient’s relatives, another resident doctor from LTMG Sion Hospital, Mumbai, was beaten up by a patient’s relative on Saturday around 10.30pm.

According to Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), Dr Rohit Kumar, a first-year resident doctor was slapped repeatedly by the relatives of a 60-year-old woman, who allegedly died of chronic kidney disease.

MARD officials said though security guards were present when the incident happened, they failed to stop the relatives.

This is the third incident of assault on a doctor from Maharashtra this week. On March 17, a massive demonstration was organised by the medical fraternity to protest against such attacks.

The resident doctors at Sion Hospital decided to go on an immediate strike after the incident saying they are scared to treat patients in such unsafe environment.

In a letter addressed to dean, Dr Suleman Merchant, they said they won’t return to work unless some strong actions are taken for their safety.

“The concerned doctors on duty had explained to the relatives about the patient’s health condition and bad prognosis. But, when the news of her demise was given to the relatives, they still got upset and started assaulting the doctor,” said Dr Yashowardhan Kabra, president, Central MARD.