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Hospital staff protest assault on doctor by family following death of Sheikh Ismail in Pandua, WB

A doctor was brutally assaulted by the family members of a patient by the name Sheikh Ismail following the latter’s death on 9 June at Pandua Rural Hospital in West Bengal’s Hooghly district reported OpIndia.

According to an OpIndia report:

As per reports, the patient named Sheikh Ismail was brought to the hospital on Monday morning, after he complained of chest pain. According to his family members, Dr Shivshankar Roy attended the patient and asked him to undergo an Electro Cardiogram (ECG) test. They alleged that the doctor-in-charge had prescribed the patient a total of four medicines and asked him to take them at the same time. They further claimed that Sheikh Ismail died within 5 minutes of taking the medicines.

At that point, the family members along with other locals stormed the hospital premises and unleashed violence. They brutally assaulted Dr Shivashankar Roy and injured him. The video of the incident, shared by Times Now journalist Sreyashi Dey, has gone viral on social media. Besides, the accused also hurled bricks at the hospital and vandalised property. The local Pandua police were called in to pacify the situation. One police personnel was also injured in the scuffle…

…The hospital staff has demanded immediate arrest of the perpetrators, besides setting up a police camp at the hospital for safety. Several patients and their family members have accused the protesting doctors of disrupting the medical services and causing inconvenience. Sheikh Ismail worked in the gold industry in Gujarat and had returned home to Pandua during Eid.

Since no action has been taken even after 24 hours have passed since the incident occurred, doctors, and nurses of Pandua Rural Hospital have launched a strike due to police inaction and administrative laxity that is posing a threat to the lives of healthcare officials.

As per available information, the OPD unit and surgeries have been shut down for the time being. The doctors are said to be attending only emergency patients. The doctors also sported a black badge as a mark of their protest.

Readers may recall a similar case had occurred earlier this month in neighbouring Assam when a Muslim mob of 24 assaulted a doctor, however, timely intervention by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma ensured that the perpetrators were arrested within hours. Sarma said that he was personally monitoring the investigations and would make sure that the attackers were brought to book.

(Featured Image Source: OpIndia)

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