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 has accessed visuals from the hospital's CCTV footage show 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.
A complaint has also reportedly been filed by the hospital chief at Mettupalayam police station. Sources have reported that a police inquiry is currently underway, but no one has been arrested as of now.
On Tuesday, as per sources, the patient - 37-year-old Rukmani was admitted at the Mettupalayam government hospital after she had allegedly met with an accident while traveling with her husband on a two-wheeler on Tuesday evening. She had reportedly sustained severe injuries.
Detailing the case, sources have further reported that after initial treatment, the doctors had referred the relatives to take the patient to the main Coimbatore General Hospital as the injuries were severe. But the relatives reportedly took her to a nearby private hospital and when they were recommended to take the patient to the city's main general hospital, they reportedly brought the patient back to Mettupalayam General Hospital, where she was declared dead, as per sources.
Following this development, angry relatives allegedly blamed that negligence of the authorities as to the reason for the patient's death and reportedly started attacking the doctors and vandalising the emergency ward.
Earlier in June, junior doctors across Kolkata started a nationwide protest which spread to Delhi, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Bangalore and other places after a physical assault of an intern doctor at the NRS Medical college in the hands of the family of a patient who had died on Monday, June 10.
A week later West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee met with doctors on-strike assuring them of providing security within 3 days time after which the junior doctors called off the strike.