Okay, so I use this blog to keep a running track of “thrashing incidents” in Nepal. I also list incidents in India since this problem is worse there. Today’s news was about the actual death of a resident doctor in India.
PUNE: A resident doctor was assaulted with a scalpel and a few paramedics were roughed up by relatives of 26 -year-old man after he suddenly died following a cardiac arrest at D Y Patil Medical College and Hospital in Pimpri late on Friday evening.
The resident doctor suffered a deep cut on his face and some blunt injuries in the assault. The hospital management on Saturday filed a complaint with the Pimpri police.
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 offences under the act.
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.”
After entering the ICU, they proceeded to assault the men and women doctorsl. “Fearing for their life, these doctors are wondering if they should even go to the police,” the doctor said, requesting anonymity.
The securitymen of the hospital failed to prove their effectiveness during the assault. “The bouncers and security guards employed by the hospital stood back and did nothing. They have been identified and would be dismissed,” said another doctor.
There was some communication gap between the hospital’s senior and middle management. “The middle management did not inform seniors about the scenario. They were afraid of being found out for hiring a bad security agency,” said another doctor.
The hospital’s dean, Jitendra Bhawalkar, said, “We always stand by the side of our resident doctors and ensure that their protection is never compromised. We have filed an FIR with the police in this regard.”
The incident was also reported at: https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/crime/deceased-patients-kin-attack-doctors-at-dy-patil-medical-college/articleshow/63447514.cms
News reports included a photo of the injured doctor, showing the injury with the scalpel. It was very graphic. Originally, I decided not to post it here, which turns out to be a good thing since the graphic photo was from a different person altogether! Also, the viral meme on the internet shouted the news that the doctor had in fact died – this needs to be verified.
If you are new to this blog, please read previous entries on the subject of “situational awareness” and thrashing of doctors. CCNEPal was originally started to provide better training of nurses and doctors in Nepal in the area of resuscitation after cardiac arrest. Soon after starting in 2011, we recognized the idea that the potential for being thrashed if things don’t go right was a major barrier in success. So, we teach about ways to identify a bad situation in advance and deal with it. We expect to be back in Nepal in summer 2018 to train more personnel and raise awareness of this issue impacting medical care.