Siliguri, Aug. 20: Siliguri District Hospital authorities has filed an FIR against the relatives of a deceased patient for allegedly assaulting a doctor and ransacking the emergency ward this morning.
The relatives, however, alleged that doctors refused to release the patient’s body for post-mortem.
Dulal Saha, 49, a resident of Baghajatin Colony near here, was brought to the hospital around 3am today after he complained of chest pain and breathlessness.
His brother Prabir alleged that T.K. Das, the on-duty doctor at the emergency ward, declared him “brought dead” without examining him. “The doctor declared him dead without checking properly. I had a feeling that my brother was still alive and requested the doctor to check again. He examined my brother after repeated requests and told me he was dead. When I asked him when he died, he could not give a proper answer,” Prabir said.
“There was a commotion and police from the hospital outpost resolved everything. I did not assault the doctor or ransack the ward. They are levelling false charges,” he said.
Hospital authorities said Prabir demanded that the body be released without a post-mortem. It is mandatory to have a post-mortem for patients who are declared dead at a hospital.
“When the doctor told this to the deceased’s brother, he demanded that the body be released immediately. He heckled the doctor and damaged furniture at the emergency ward. The doctor filed a complaint with me against the relatives and I have filed an FIR at the Siliguri police station,” said Sanjib Majumdar, the hospital superintendent.
“My brother died of heart attack, which is a natural cause. Post-mortem was not required. When the policemen explained the rules to me, I agreed. When we went to take the body to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital for the post-mortem, the doctors refused to release the body,” Prabir said.
The doctors said they gathered to demand security from the hospital. “We did not harass the relatives,” said Rajarshi Guha, a surgeon.