Barely four days after the resident doctors withdrew their five-day-long mass leave, condemning the rising attack on resident doctors, now Thane civil hospital intern doctors have been assaulted by a patient and his friends.
The shocking incident took place on Wednesday afternoon. Sources say the patient, along with his friends, mercilessly attacked the Thane Civil hospital doctors after they got into an altercation over injecting a saline.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr BC Kempi-Patil, Civil Surgeon for Thane Civil Hospital, said, “The patient was brought to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon and had severe cut wounds. The intern doctors present in the casualty immediately attended to him. While resident doctors were putting stitches, the patient started arguing with the doctors.”
According to sources, the patient, identified as Majju, was giving instruction to the intern doctors – Javed Shaikh and Debanaz Ansari – who were treating him. When he was asked to cooperate with them, Majju and his friends started arguing with the doctors aggressively. Though other doctors reached the spot and tried to speak to them, Majju started assaulting them.
“Suddenly, the patient and around five people who were accompanying him attacked the intern doctors. They also attacked and manhandled one lady doctor who was also present in the casualty room,” informed Patil.
Meanwhile, speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Prasanna Deshmukh, President Thane MAGMO (Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Doctors), said, “It’s very unfortunate that while the doctors were being mercilessly assaulted, the policemen who were on duty didn’t come to help. They were not on their seat and by the time they reached, the accused and his friends had fled.”
Consequently, Thane MAGMO has decided that unless the accused are arrested, the OPDs and casualty will remain shut. However, emergency services will be provided.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Makarand Ranade, Additional CP Crime (Thane), said, “We are examining the CCTV footage. We have got to know that the accused are from Thane area. We have sent our teams to arrest them.”
One of the doctors has sustained neck injury and is admitted in Thane hospital. After a spate of attacks on doctors, 4,500 resident doctors form Maharashtra had gone on mass leave last week, crippling the medical services in the state. Following which, the state government has assured to provide adequate number of security.