| Patients and their attendants inside a ward at SCB Medical College and Hospital. Picture by Badrika Nath Das |
Cuttack, Dec. 19: Authorities of SCB Medical College and Hospital will strengthen security measures by introducing the attendant pass system check overcrowding at various departments and wards.
The decision is taken today after attendants of a critically ill patient, who died at the hospital yesterday, had attacked a junior doctor and other medical staff members.
“We have passed order for introduction of the pass system for attendants and it would be implemented from tomorrow,” said hospital superintendent R.C. Samantaray.
The system was introduced in 2009 but was stopped midway, thanks to lack of initiatives on part of the authorities.
An SCB official said the concerned nurse in-charge at respective departments from now on would issue passes to at least two attendants for a single patient. For critical patients, more than two passes will be issued to prevent overcrowding at the wards.
The death of patient Indumati Parida, 56, of Nayagarh sparked off tension at the hospital as the relatives alleged that she had died because of negligence on part of the doctors. The attendants allegedly assaulted the junior doctor, Anil Nayak, and a Class IV employee. Irate over the incident, the junior doctors had staged a protest in front of the superintendent’s office till late evening, demanding adequate security at workplace.
Protesting against the attack, the Class IV employees’ association today staged a protest, demanding urgent measures for strengthening of security at the hospital.
Mangalabag police today arrested three persons in connection with the assault on Nayak.
“We are trying to strengthen security on the premises by deploying more security guards. A centralised control room will be set up for effective co-ordination and deployment of security personnel at the hospital,” Samantaray said. The control room will work in tandem with all senior officials of various departments.
At present, nearly 200 private security personnel are deployed at the hospital.
Another official said a meeting with all heads of the departments would shortly be called to finalise various security aspects. The issue of installation of closed-circuit television cameras would also be taken up at the meeting to be held on December 24.
“We welcome the move to set up a control room for better management of security and demand measures for the doctors’ safety,” said co-ordinator of the Joint Action Committee of Medical Students Jotirmay Nayak.