Pune: Denying all allegations of manhandling doctors at the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial (YCM) hospital, BJP Corporator Sandeep Waghere has claimed innocence saying that he has the entire video recording of the incident. "The doctors who protested were post-graduate students whose appointment on a permanent basis at the hospital was opposed by me and thus they are targeting me," Waghere has said in a reply to the show-cause notice issued to him by the Bhartiya Janata Party's Leader of House in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Namdev Dhake.
Doctors at YCM hospital had protested on July 27 morning alleging mistreatment by Waghere on the night of July 26. After the protests, PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar had also assured YCM doctors that additional police security will be provided to them. Waghere was served the show-cause notice on July 28 over breach of party discipline in connection with the alleged manhandling of doctors and medical staff at the YCM hospital - a dedicated COVID-19 hospital of the PCMC. He was asked to reply within three days to the notice. In the notice, Dhake had said that Waghere's conduct has been detrimental to the party discipline and he has brought disrepute to the party.
Waghere, in his reply to the notice says, "I very well know the policies and rules and discipline of the party. I have won the election with the highest margin of 16,116 votes from my constituency after the party gave me a ticket to contest the elections. I have been helping my constituents ever since the Covid-19 outbreak started. One of these constituents, Kaushalya Kudale had been admitted to YCM hospital on July 23 and on request of their children, I had visited the hospital."
"The patient had been identified as COVID-19 positive and I had arranged for a plasma donor for conducting plasma therapy treatment on her. I had requested the doctors at YCM to shift Kaushalya Kudale in the Intensive Care Unit for her early recovery, but they ignored my requests. So, I had to visit the hospital and that's when other patients told me that Kudale had fallen from her bed and none of the doctors, medical staff attended her. She had succumbed to the injuries and disease at that time itself, but the doctors - postgraduate medical students - later tried to show us that they are trying to save her by shifting Kudale to the ICU. When we opposed the move, the medical students entered into an argument with us. They protested as I have opposed their appointment on a permanent basis at the hospital," Waghere has said.