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‘Incidents of attendants attacking doctors are a regular affair at OGH’

Junior doctors allege that there have been five such attacks in the last two months.

Published: 01st August 2017 10:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2017 10:42 AM   |  A+A-

With renovation works going on, patients are crammed into a single ward at Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad on Monday | vinay madapu

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Sunday’s attack by attendants on medicos is not the first such attack at OGH. Junior doctors at the hospital said that there were five such attacks in the last two months.
“Casualty and Minor Operation Theatre (MoT) are not at all safe places for female junior doctors. Incidents of attendants using abusive language have become a regular thing. When we come here (hospital) we want to save lives and don’t want to give our lives. The only thing we ask for is our protection and a good working environment,” a female junior doctor said.

Meanwhile, another junior doctor said that they developed thick skin for verbal abuse. “We know that our complaints against verbal attacks will bear no solution. So, we have stopped being bothered about it,” the junior doctor said.Telangana Special Protection Force (SPF) personnel at the hospital too corroborated that patients and attendants launching attacks on doctors and staff happens on a daily basis.
In fact, when four attendants were beating up the doctors, SPF personal said that they were controlling another such incident in other section of the hospital.

‘Patients were turned away at out-patient dept’

While junior doctors and nurses at Osmania General Hospital said that patients did not suffer because of the strike, social workers who did not wanted to be named said that patients were turned away at out-patient department on Monday.“A patient from Kaala Pathar who was suffering from seizures visited OGH but he was turned away. He had to be admitted at Gandhi Hospital. There was shortage of staff at Acute Medical Care and other units,” the social worker said.However, a junior doctor said, “We did not boycott services in emergency ward and out-patient department. In case, a patient needs immediate medical help, emergency is always open.”

Man taken into custody for assaulting OGH docs

Hyderabad: Afzalgunj police on Monday took custody of a person for assaulting a doctor on duty and two junior doctors at the Osmania General Hospital. The detained person, Nadeem(38), a painter is a resident of Warasiguda. Inspector Gnanendar Reddy said that Nadeem was taken into custody and he was questioned in connection with the offence. Police would produce the accused before the court for judicial remand on Tuesday. Police registered cases against the accused.

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