Five persons, including a woman, were arrested allegedly for beating up two resident doctors of the government JJ hospital of Mumbai on Saturday after which the doctors resorted to protests and went on strike against the incident. According to police, Zaida Sanaullah Sheikh (45), a resident of the neighboring town of Mumbra who was being treated for a gall bladder ailment at the JJ hospital, died in the morning after which her relatives, assaulted two resident doctors including a woman, accusing them of negligence that led to Zaida’s death.
The incident took place in the Surgery ward 11at around 7 am today. The patient’s relatives also ransacked the ward after which the CCTV footage of the incident went viral over the social media. The resident doctor’s association (MARD) then resorted to protests at the hostel in the hospital premises and proceeded on strike. The police then swung into action and filed a case against the assailants and arrested five members of the Zaida Sheikh’s family.
Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) that had been fighting for the cause of resident doctors in the state said that despite repeated incidents of assault on doctors the security in the hospitals around the state remains dismal. The police have booked the assailants under various sections of the IPC pertaining to voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from carrying out his duty, assault or criminal force against a public servant, vandalizing government premises etc along with the Medicare act of 2010 that protects doctors from assaults. Dr Ashish Parikh who was injured in the incident was admitted to the hospital and is recovering now.