An angry mob comprising 30-40 people attacked resident doctors at the DY Patil Medical College on Friday night after the family member passed away. They have accused the hospital of medical negligence. Later the attacked doctor filing an FIR with the Pimpri police station.
In his complaint, the victim, Dr. Aditya Pandial, has said that the deceased Ketak Ashok Gaikwad, a resident of HA Colony, Pimpri, was admitted to the hospital on March 21. While a bronchoscopy was planned on Saturday, the patient passed away due to severe lung infection and cardiac arrest. He could not be resuscitated.
Later around 8.45 pm on the second floor of the pulmonology department. It began with women launching the attack and men joining in. While other doctors tried to shield their colleagues, a local politician barged in with 30 people and further attacked the doctor with a scalpel. The resident doctor suffered a deep cut on his face and some blunt injuries in the assault.
A doctor of the hospital said, “After we broke the news of patient’s demise, the relatives burst into rage and barged into the ICU (intensive care unit). One of them took a scalpel and slashed it on a resident doctor’s face claiming negligence. Others joined him.”
Another resident doctor said, “A local politician claiming to be a policeman hoodwinked the security and entered the ICU, where quite a few critical patients were undergoing treatment. He arrived with some supporters within 10 minutes of the event.”
Police inspector Masaji Kale of Pimpri police station said, “We have registered offense against two unknown men and two unknown women under sections 323, 504 and 34 (physical assaults and damage to property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). None of them has been arrested yet.”
The incident also prompted a protest between 9 am and 3 pm, where 250 resident doctors demanded an increase in hospital’s security. They have claimed that this is third such incident this year. The doctors demanded strict implementation of the Medicare Act, 2010. It protects them from physical assaults and intimidation by patients’ relatives. These acts are non-bailable offenses under the act.
“We are going to raise the issue with the higher authorities as such incidents are not reported to the management. The security has to be improved,” a doctor told Mirror on the condition of anonymity. Dr. JS Bhawalkar, the dean of D Y Patil Medical College, called the incident unfortunate. “We will increase the security at the college and no services were hit during the protest,” he said.
Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors condemned the attack and extended unflinching support to the resident doctors (post graduate medical students) of D Y Patil Medical College and Hospital.