Doctors assaulted after death of patient at Kolkata hospital

The patient's brother has been arrested for the attack on doctors and a few nurses of the hospital.

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Kolkata: Doctors and nurses of state-run SSKM Hospital were allegedly assaulted on Monday by a family member of a patient following his death, police said.

The patient’s brother has been arrested for the attack on doctors and a few nurses of the hospital, where he was admitted and died this morning, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.

The man, who had stayed the night at the hospital as the patient’s attendant, accused the medical personnel of delay in treatment and negligence, police said.

“He first started abusing the medical staff, alleging delayed response. When they resisted, he assaulted some of them,” the police officer said.

Police personnel immediately reached the spot and brought the situation under control, he said.

“The man, who was arrested on a complaint from an on- duty doctor, has been booked under various sections of the IPC… We are trying to obtain the CCTV footages,” the officer said.

A police picket has been set up following the incident.

In June, junior doctors at state-run hospitals in the state ceased work for days, protesting against the assault on two of their colleagues by family members of a patient who died at the NRS Medical College and Hospital.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had to intervene into the matter, and the strike was eventually withdrawn following her assurance.

In June, agitating doctors demanded Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s unconditional apology and set six conditions for the State government to withdraw their four-day-long stir that disrupted healthcare services across West Bengal.

“We want unconditional apology of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the manner in which she had addressed us at the SSKM Hospital yesterday. She should not have said what she had,” a spokesperson of the joint forum of junior doctors, Dr Arindam Dutta, had said.

While visiting the SSKM Hospital, Banerjee had contended that “outsiders” had entered medical colleges to create disturbances and the agitation was a conspiracy by the CPI(M) and the BJP.