SSKM Junior Doctors On Indefinite Strike Following ‘Assault’


Kolkata: Junior doctors at the state-run SSKM Hospital sat on an ‘indefinite strike’ demanding proper security arrangements for them following the alleged assault on one of their colleagues by relatives of a child patient admitted there.

Four members of the family of the patient were arrested on the charge of involvement in assaulting junior doctor Abhishek Singh last night for alleged negligence in the child’s treatment, a senior Kolkata Police officer said on Thursday.

The incident took place last night when relatives of a child patient from Basirhat’s Golaghata in North 24 Parganas district, admitted at SSKM’s Emergency ward, allegedly beat up the junior doctor complaining delay in treatment, the police officer said.

His fellow junior doctors at the SSKM Hospital caught hold of four of the 30-odd members of the patient’s party, took them to the Bhowanipore Police Station and lodged a complaint, following which an FIR was registered, he said.

Senior doctors of the SSKM management, DC (South) Murli Dhar along with Officer-in-Charge and other officers of Bhowanipore Police Station reached the hospital at around 2.30 AM after the junior doctors started their strike.

The junior doctors gheraoed the visiting team of senior hospital physicians and it went on till the arrests were made this morning, Dhar said.

They later submitted a deputation to the Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and the SSKM Director demanding proper security for the doctors at the hospital and vowed to continue their strike till their demands are met, junior doctor Sujan Ghosh said.

A large team of police personnel has been posted at the SSKM hospital and the condition of the child patient is stated to be stable, police said.