SILCHAR, July 27 - Services at the Out Patient Department at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) were affected for long hours on Tuesday after junior doctors staged protest against the assault on Dr Ahmed Hussain Choudhury, senior doctor of the hospital by attendants of a patent who died at the ICU of the Department of Cardiology on Monday.
According to the protesting students, around 15 persons who came as attendants of the patient vandalised the hospital property and attacked Dr Ahmed Hussain Choudhury who was trying his best to treat the patient, who later succumbed to death. Some other women staff and doctors were also injured.
�It has become an ugly trend at the hospital that whenever a patient dies, the relatives start attacking doctors and supporting medical staff. This is not accepted by any means,� said Dr Tinku Bora.
Dr Dwaipayan Deb, general secretary of the SMCH Students� Union said that they have submitted a memorandum to the principal of the Hospital demanding immediate institutional FIR to be lodged at the nearby police station against the culprits. Installation of CCTVs at all departments including Cardiology, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, ICUs etc., and ensuring total security to the doctors on duty. The doctors have also demanded for a police outpost and uninterrupted power supply in the hospital along with counselling sessions for doctors on how to deal with instances of vandalism and attack on doctors and medical staff.
The doctors resumed to treat patients after Dr Shilpi Rani Barman, principal of the hospital responded to their demand for lodging an institutional FIR against the culprits, Dr Dwaipayan informed.
On the other hand, Dr Shilpi Rani Barman said, �a joint meeting of the hospital administration and the protesting doctors were held to resolve the issue and we have decided to accelerate the process of installing CCTV cameras in major spots of the hospital to avert a repeat of such instances of vandalism.�