Victims kin lock up doctors in hospital
Kolkata: Tension ran high at Digha State General Hospital on Sunday morning following the death of a patient whose family members staged a demonstration alleging medical negligence on the part of the hospital authorities.The victim’s family members locked up some doctors inside the hospital and put up a sit-in demonstration demanding action against the doctors who were allegedly responsible for the patient’s death. The incident sparked panic among other patients undergoing treatment at the hospital. The incident also disrupted health services at the hospital before the police finally reached and dispersed the mob. Police said the victim, Nirmal Routh, a resident of Digha coastal police station area, received injuries after falling from his motorcycle. He was returning home on his motorcycle on Saturday night when the accident took place. He was immediately taken to the hospital by local residents. The family members of the victim alleged that after primary check up the doctors suggested that CT scan should be conducted on the patient to ascertain the nature of the injuries. As advised by the doctors, victim’s relatives took the patient for CT scan on late Saturday night. When they turned up with CT scan report no doctors were available at the ward. The patient remained unattended till Sunday morning despite his critical injuries. In the morning, a doctor checked him and said that the patient had been suffering from mere acidity. No treatment was provided for his head injuries as a result of which the patient succumbed to his injuries. After the patient’s death, his family members began congregating on the hospital premises. They started an agitation demanding punishment for doctors responsible for his death. After being informed a huge contingent of police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.