The area (top) where Raj Devendra (inset) fell off a bus and was crushed. A ransacked site (above) inside Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar
Mumbai: A mob of 20 allegedly ransacked the civic-run Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar and assaulted the doctor on duty on Sunday noon after an accident victim was declared dead on arrival.
Raj S Devendra (17) allegedly fell off a running bus near Garodia Nagar, Ghatkopar (East), and came under the wheels. Fellow passengers and friends who brought him to the hospital around 3.30pm said he had serious head injuries.
Devendra was taken to the casualty ward where doctors found that his heart had stopped beating. “His head injury was serious, and that was probably why he died on the spot. But as per protocol, the doctor ran an ECG test to confirm the clinical finding. When casualty medical officer Dr Kashinath Jadhav broke the news to the boy’s relatives and friends, they got upset and attacked the doctor,” said senior medical officer Dr Anil Chopde.
Jadhav was hit with the blood pressure measuring machine, said Chopde. “There was swelling on his forehead. The BP machine broke because of the impact. The assault marks are clear. He sustained injuries on the shoulder. He was treated but did not require admission. The incident has naturally left him traumatized.” The casualty room’s security glass door was vandalized.
One of Devendra’s friends complained that the doctors did not show any urgency when he was brought to the hospital. “We had to run around for a stretcher and go looking for the emergency room. Every second is precious for an accident victim,” the friend said. He said he was not aware of what triggered the fight.
The Tilak Nagar police said they would book those responsible for the violence. Hospital authorities said they have submitted CCTV footage to the police to aid their investigation.
March 2009 ordinance | Anyone indulging in violence against medicare service personnel and damaging or causing loss to the property of a medicare service institution will be punished with imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of Rs 50,000. The offender may also have to pay twice the damage caused as compensation
PAST ATTACKS ON HOSPITAL STAFF
Sept 14, 2013 | 40 people attack Shivneri Hospital, Ulhasnagar, following a patient’s death after being injected with anaesthesia. They rip off the anaesthesiologist’s clothes and assault the surgeon
July 20 | Relatives of a Mumbra-based historysheeter, Ahmed Shaikh, ransack Thane Civil Hospital and assault doctors and staff because an intern did not communicate the news of his death immediately
June 17, 2012 | St George Hospital’s ICU is ransacked by relatives of a deceased patient, alleging indifference by doctors
Feb 8 | A 51-year-old man, admitted to KEM Hospital for intracranial bleeding, dies. On hearing the news, his wife slaps a nurse
The Times of India, November 4, 2013