Pune: “I do not have time to lodge a complaint with the police and keep following procedures,” said Dr Satish Awari of Sinhagad Speciality Hospital at Nanded Phata, after he was attacked by a 75-year-old patient during a regular check-up late on Monday evening.
A video of that attack is now being widely circulated on social media to show how vulnerable doctors are to such incidents. “More over, in all the past attacks, no concrete action was taken by the law or by the government to ensure safety of doctors,” Dr Awari said.
The patient was admitted at his hospital for acute asthmatic episodes. The patient used a knife to attack the doctor, injuring his hand and abdomen. According to Awari, the patient yelled about being overcharged by the hospital. However, the doctor said he had not even prepared the patient’s bill, who was admitted 3-4 days ago and was to be discharged after two more days.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Awari noted that the attacks on doctors are rampant and frequent and no action is ever taken to reduce the number.
Docs condemn attack
Condemning this attack, Dr Nitin Bhagali from Pune Citizens Doctors Forum said this incident once again proves that lawlessness in the State is on the rise and nobody is afraid of law enforcing agencies.
“Doctors, after facing such an assault, are not only terrorised but pressurised by local goons and politicians to withdraw complaints. Doctors have to survive among them and practice and hence are forced to compromise, albeit unwillingly,” said Dr Bhagali. He said society will pay a heavy price as brilliant students are scared to take up a career in medicine.
“Tolerance is rapidly waning in society. Patients or their relatives get upset for any reason from lack of appointment to arrogance of the non-medical staff or supposed overcharging and show aggression. It’s unimaginable that they have started using knives and choppers now. Have you ever heard any section of society condemning such violence till today?” said Dr Bhagali.
Dr Prakash Marathe, President of Pune Chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), said it is a very sad state of affairs to see a doctor getting stabbed.