The issue of attacks on medical professionals by irate patients and their relatives has reared its ugly head once again. A nurse was beaten up by an enraged relative at Kurla’s Anandibai maternity hospital, a civic-run hospital. This incident took place on Wednesday around 1 pm. Saki Naka police have arrested Imran Akbar who allegedly attacked the nurse.
What exactly happened?
The patient, Afsana, got admitted on 16 June for a delivery. After a successful delivery, she was scheduled for discharge on 21 June. While Jennifer, the nurse on duty, was preparing the discharge papers, an emergency case came up and she informed the relatives of Afsana that the discharge procedure would take another half an hour. This did not go down well with Afsana’s husband Imran Akbar, who started arguing with the nurse. After a heated argument, he started beating her.
Saki Naka police made the arrest
Jennifer then filed a complaint against Imran at Saki Naka police station and asked for an immediate action. Then, Imran was put behind the bars.
“We have booked him under sections 353, 332, 504 of the IPC for assaulting a public servant and preventing her from discharge her duty, voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from duty and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace,” said Rashmi Karandikar, PRO, Mumbai Police.
This is not the first instance where relatives have attacked doctors and nurses. Three months ago, a physically challenged doctor was beaten up by the relatives after the death of their relative. Post the assault, doctors went on for a strike leaving patients in the lurch. The doctors, led by the Indian Medical Association, had struck work for nearly a week before accepting the state government's assurance that adequate protection would be provided to them.