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Doctors hold protest after following a COVID patient kin attack on a coworker

by Vaishali Sharma

On Tuesday, doctors at Erragada Chest Hospital in Hyderabad protested an alleged assault on a colleague by a COVID patient’s family.

After examining the patient, the doctor asked his attendants if he took his Blood Pressure medicine. The kin got furious saying “It’s your job, not ours and thrashed him,” alleged Dr Pranay, a post graduate resident doctor at Erragada hospital.

The postgraduate resident doctor’s mask was allegedly torn by the patients’ attendants, and he was also hit and kicked in the abdomen by the patients’ attendants in the COVID ward, according to Dr Pranay in an interview with ANI.

Luckily, there were other staff members present in the ward who rescued him, lifted him and brought him out of the ward, added Dr Pranay.

Referring to the various incidents where the doctors have been beaten by the patient’s families, Dr Pranay said, “This has happened a lot of times, every time something like this happens we come out of protest but the issue gets diluted”.

“We have been demanding security from the governments but we have not got it,” he added.

The doctors have spoken to the administration and they are yet to know whether an institutional FIR against the patient’s family members has been filed or not, further added Dr Pranay.

While talking to ANI, Dr Pranay requested the people to please maintain their sanity when they are in the hospital as a doctor is doing everything he can and don’t just come randomly and beat the doctor.

The doctors were seen carrying placards with messages like “Zero Tolerance against violence”, “Save the Saviour”, written on them.

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