Tata Main Hospital on Friday. (Animesh Sengupta)
The emergency ward of Tata Main Hospital witnessed an ugly scene on Friday after relatives of a patient — later declared brought dead — indulged in a minor scuffle with security guards.
Sources said trouble started around 7.30am when 58-year-old Kajal Pramanik was rushed to the health hub in a serious condition by her relatives after being electrocuted at her Adityapur residence.
The woman was brought to the hospital in an auto-rickshaw that waited at the portico in front of the emergency.
The guards on-duty at the hospital apparently objected to the auto-rickshaw being parked in front of the emergency and asked the driver to move as it was blocking the entry of other vehicles. Meanwhile, the doctors attending to Pramanik declared her dead. This news triggered fury among the relatives, who refused to budge and confronted the guards, leading to a minor scuffle.
However, no one was injured. A panicky hospital management reportedly informed Bistupur police, a team of which brought the situation under control.
Speaking to The Telegraph, a relative of Pramanik alleged that the patient had initially lost precious time as the guards had stopped them at the main entry gate. Allegedly, they were only allowed entry after guards found Pramanik in a serious condition.
“Once we got in, the guards asked us to move the auto-rickshaw as soon as we had dropped off the patient. They claimed that we were blocking the emergency portico,” he said.
Bistupur inspector A.K. Yadav confirmed that there was some trouble first at the entrance and then in front of the emergency ward over the parking of the auto-rickshaw.
“We believe that the chaos had been triggered by panic and high levels of anxiety among the deceased’s kin who felt that they were being harassed. The matter was sorted out amicably,” Yadav said.
Tata Main Hospital’s chief of medical services Ram Das confirmed the incident too but claimed that they had not called the police.
“The security guards had merely asked the relatives to move the auto-rickshaw as it was blocking the entrance to the emergency ward. The news of death probably angered them. We, however, did not call the police. They were already deputed on campus,” Das said.