Medicos on strike; emergency, OPD shut for 12 hours, over Assault on Doctor

The emergency ward of Farukhabad district hospital was shut down for over 12 hours after a local youth pointed a country-made pistol at a doctor late on Wednesday night. According to officials, the youth arrived at the medical facility with five of his associates, who were suffering from a skin allergy. He came into the emergency ward and without saying anything, pointed the gun at Dr Abhishek Chaturvedi.
While the accused, Satyendar Katiyar, was booked and arrested along with an associate on Thursday morning, the doctors continued to protest and even boycotted the OPD. It took the district administration and police several hours to pursue them to resume work. Operations at the district hospital normalized only in the afternoon.

 Dr Chaturvedi said, “At around 10.20 pm on Wednesday, I was inspecting patients in the emergency ward when Satyendar walked in with five of his associates, who were suffering from a skin allergy and had rashes on their back. I asked the duty nurse to sanitize their affected areas and went on to check the blood pressure of another patient. Suddenly, Satyendar took out his pistol and pressed it against my chest. He asked to focus only on his patients.”
“I immediately raised an alarm and several other doctors came to the ward. But that didn’t seem to affect him as he continued to misbehave and at one point even threatened to kill me. We called up police, but by the time they arrived, the youth had fled from the hospital,” Dr Chaturvedi added.
On Thursday morning, all doctors at the facility did not attend to OPD patients in protest. They demanded tight security at the hospital premises. The strike lasted till 12.30 pm. “Every now and then, patients and their relatives misbehave with our staff. The hospital is not safe for doctors. We can’t work in such an environment,” said Dr BK Dubey.

Sanjeev Singh Rathore, SHO of Farrukhabad police station, said, Satyendar Katiyar and his associate Kuldeep Singh have been booked under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation). The duo has been sent to jail.”

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