Two doctors at the BJ Medical College in Pune are the latest to join the list of doctors who are assaulted by patient’s relatives in the nation. This time around, the assault happened after the patient passed away on Friday. The patient was suffering from liver cirrhosis.

The assault happened Friday night in ward number 14 of Sassoon General Hospital that’s attached to the BJ Medical College. It was around 11 pm when the two doctors-Dr Sadiq Yunus(30) and Dr Abhijit Jawanjal(24) came under physical attack. The objects against the doctors included a wooden chair and also blood pressure apparatus. The patient who died- Tanaji Kondiba Sakat was a rickshaw driver who lived in Hadapsar.

The patient’s relatives also filed an FIR against the two doctors and also some of the security guards. They alleged that they were threatened by these persons.

The police who are now looking into both the FIRs said that necessary action will be taken after the primary probe. The police had detained five relatives of the patients and also called in some among the security guards for questioning.

Dr. Ajay Taware, the Medical superintendent said to the Times of India,

“FIR has been registered against the relatives of the patient. There were eight security guards on duty who did not take any action and were also planning to file a complaint against them.”

This year, this is the 12th attack on docs in the state

The chairperson of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Sagar Mundada said that this latest attack is 12th such occurrence in the state this year:

“Despite the court directing the government to limit the number of relatives per patient at two, the government has not acted. The mob psychology results in such incidents.”

The resident doctors said that even though the government promised security guards, nothing has come of it. They also said that the existing security guards are not keen to intervene when such situations arise.

“People must understand that this is only worsening the doctor patient relationship and such physical violence is unacceptable. We want immediate action failing which we will take stringent measures from our side,” Dr Mundada said.

As per Dr K Patel who is the in-charge of MARD Pune unit, Dr.Yunus got a nasal bone whereas Dr Jawanjal suffered a contusion. Following the assault, the doctors staged a protest on Sunday, demanding renewed security measures.

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