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Abused docs pause work at govt hospital

Hazaribagh, July 2: Doctors at the OPD of Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital boycotted work for four hours today after a patient’s family allegedly misbehaved with them.

The doctors, who faced angry protests from the relatives of another patient — a snakebite victim who died on way to Ranchi on Sunday as the state-run heal hub didn’t have the life-saving anti-venom serum or AVS — also met district civil surgeon Dharmveer and superintendent of police Manoj Kaushik, demanding security.

However, unlike Sunday, today’s incident was completely unprovoked, the doctors claimed. According to them, one Bhola Gupta, a resident of Mahavir Sthan Chowk in Hazaribagh town, was rushed in around 9am by his family and friends. Gupta had tried to commit suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan, but was rescued in the nick of time.

However, those accompanying him started shouting the moment they stepped inside the hospital, asking the doctors and nurses to provide immediate oxygen to him.

“I was busy in the OPD when the relatives of the patient barged in, shouting and mouthing expletives. I objected to the way they were behaving, but they carried on and continued to abuse us more,” said Dr K.P Ranjan, who was with Dr A.K Singh at the OPD.

Angry, the doctors left the OPD after examining the patient and admitting him.

“It’s not easy to work like this. We are being made scapegoats of the administration’s failure to properly manage this hospital,” Ranjan added.

The doctors called off their strike around 1.30pm, by which time more than 600 patients who had queued up at the OPD had either left for home or private health centres.

The civil surgeon condemned what happened today and said this kind of incidents was sending a wrong message to the society. “I will look into the matter and request the SP to provide security at the hospital,” he said.

Kaushik said he had asked police patrol teams on bikes to keep visiting the hospital from to time. “I have also requested the doctors to give their best and serve the patients. However, it’s our duty to ensure their safety and if any violence is reported from the hospital, we will take action,” he added.