The AFMC authorities have conveyed to the board their trainee doctors would not be available for service until it enhanced the hospital’s security coverage.
Pune: Coming out in support of its doctors, the Armed Force Medical College last week was seen denying the services of its trainee doctors to its tie-up hospital, after some of its doctors became victims of assault at the said hospitals
It is reported that Cantonment Board’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cantonment General Hospital was denied medical assistance on Friday last week, by the Armed forces Medical College for security reasons, as two days ago an angry and violent mob abused and attempted to assault an AFMC doctor present on the premises.
The AFMC authorities have conveyed to the board their trainee doctors would not be available for service until it enhanced the hospital’s security coverage. However, their expert doctors would be present on the premises.
The incident that led to this happened on Wednesday earn Aasiya Sayyed (18), a suspected dengue patient was admitted to the hospital in the morning and passed away in the evening. According to PCB sources, it was her death that led to a few of her acquaintances and angry relatives attack the doctor.
The CEO of PCB, D N Yadav, told TOI, “We have ordered for an internal inquiry to investigate the matter. The reason for the girl’s death is yet to be ascertained. The viscera has been preserved. We have come to know that nobody from the deceased’s direct family was involved in the incident.”
With a footfall of 600 doctors at the hospital OPD daily, earlier the rush was handled by a team of expert doctors who attended on patients for a limited time period on assigned days
“We will soon meet the AFMC authorities to deliberate the issue in detail. If the college doesn’t extend its support, it will be a mammoth task for the board to run the hospital smoothly,” Yadav said.
Speaking to TOI, the hospital’s resident medical officer (RMO), V D Gaikwad, said“We had a meeting with the AFMC authorities on Friday where they told us the trainee postgraduate doctors would not be available until the PCB provided adequate security to the hospital but their expert doctors would attend to patients.”
Gaikwad acknowledged that the board was likely to hire security personnel once a proposal was passed by its general body at a meeting.
The vice-president of PCB, Priyanka Shirigi, said, “Ideally it was the responsibility of the hospital’s RMO to control the mob, but he was not present the day the incident occurred. The board will soon seek a detailed explanation from the RMO.”