Sion hospital doctors strike over brutal thrashing of JJ hospital doctors

Sion hospital doctors strike over brutal thrashing of JJ hospital doctors
Doctors at JJ hospital had also protested against the thrashing on Saturday (Picture Courtesy: IANS)

Resident doctors at Mumbai’s Sion Hospital held strike (Out Patient Department services) against alleged assault of two resident doctors at JJ Hospital by a deceased patient’s family on May 19. Earlier, doctors at the JJ Hospital held a strike on Saturday.

Heavy security arrangements were made outside the OPD as the patients lined up seeking medical care. Patients who came for the treatment faced problems as they were not even allowed to go inside the hospital.

Two resident doctors including a woman were allegedly beaten up by a patient’s relatives at the state-run JJ Hospital on Saturday after a patient they were treating for gall bladder ailments passed away.

While police registered a case against five persons and arrested four of them, the incident prompted the resident doctors at the hospital to go on a day-long strike.

The incident took place on Saturday morning when Zaida Sanaullah Sheikh (45), a resident of Mumbra who was being treated for a gall bladder ailment, died.

Her family members alleged that it was due to negligence on the doctors’ part and beat up Dr. Atish Parikh and a woman doctor who were on duty. They also allegedly ransacked the ward. CCTV footage of the incident went viral on social media.

Police arrested four members of Sheikh’s family, including a woman, for the alleged assault. One person was absconding.

A case under IPC sections 353 (assault on public servant), 324 (causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Service Act, 2010 was registered.

The arrested accused were identified as Mohd Altaf Anulahak Shaikh (32), Sony Sanahullah Shah (23), Rihan Sanaullah Shah (22) and Salima Khatun Sanaullah Shah (20). All four were sent in judicial custody till May 31 by a local court.

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) alleged that despite repeated requests, there was no adequate security at the hospital.

MARD chief Dr. Sarang Donarkar, in a letter to the Dean of JJ Hospital, alleged that the number of security guards has been reduced to half.

With agency inputs

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