Update: A man has been arrested in connection with the incident; two women named in the FIR not arrested yet.
Three resident doctors of the civic-run Nair Hospital in central Mumbai were attacked on Sunday by the relatives of a patient who died.
The incident took place in the evening after the patient, Rajkishore Dixit (50), who was critically ill, died during treatment, an official said. "As the resident doctors declared the patient dead, 13 to 15 of his relatives stormed into the ward number 23 where he was admitted, and started abusing the doctors. They attacked the doctors and the security guard as well," he said. The relatives also damaged the hospital property, he said.
The injured doctors and the staff then alerted their seniors about the incident, following which they approached Agripada police station. Based on their complaint, an offence under section 353, 332, 504 , 34 of the IPC and relevant sections of the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners' Act was registered against the attackers, he said adding probe is underway.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) condemned the attack. In a statement, the MARD said, "We, the medical fraternity, are under tremendous mental stress due to the increasing assault and violence against us." "We urge the deaf government to hear our plea and make a strict Central Protection Act for doctors. We demand that the state government makes necessary changes in the existing Doctors Protection Act and make solid norms against mob lynching," it added. "At the college administration level, security audits, pass system and emergency alarm system should be made effective promptly and urgently," it said.
Earlier in June, In a yet another incident of violence against doctors, angry relatives of a deceased patient have reportedly attacked doctors on Tuesday at Mettupalayam government hospital in Coimbatore. Republic TV accessed visuals from the hospital's CCTV footage which shows angry relatives of the deceased patient attacking the on-duty doctor and nurse and vandalise the emergency ward. After the attack, doctors have reportedly demanded additional security for them, against such attacks.
In the same month, there was a nationwide protest triggered by an incident of attack on an intern doctor in West Bengal's Kolkata which went for days until the state government agreed to doctors' demand for security.
(With PTI inputs)