Docs condemn Sirsi assault; demand action against BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde

Mangaluru: Doctors from the Indian Medical Association (IMA)-Mangaluru, Association of Medical Consultants (AMC), Mangaluru, and Canara Orthopaedic Society (COS) condemned the brutal assault on doctors at a private hospital in Sirsi by BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde.

On Jan 2, Hegde allegedly assaulted doctors and staff of TISS hospital in Sirsi accusing the doctors of negligence in treating his mother. Later, the assaulted doctors were treated at the hospital. The entire episode was captured by CCTV cameras in the hospital and shared on social media.

At a press meet held at the Mangaluru Press Club, Dr Raghavendra Bhat K, President of IMA, said, “A doctor is someone who stands between patient and death and fights will all his might on behalf of the patient. But what do you say when this very doctor is assaulted and even pushed towards his own death, by the same patient he otherwise tries to save? Is this not the lowest form of morality?”

Dr Raghavendra said the entire medical fraternity was aghast at the assault by the MP who had turned into a “lawbreaker”.

Dr Raghavendra said the doctor had been “pushed and shoved inside the hospital with an intention to avoid being captured in CCTV, pulled into the parking lot, pushed onto the ground and pinned down and kicked on his face with shoes, resulting in injuries”.

He said the previous day doctors had been assaulted by an unruly mob at the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences on Jan 1.

Representing AMC, Dr Satish Bhat said the protest would also involve “shutdown of all outpatient services till 2pm. “We will also work with black badges the next day. All medical establishments and doctors will restrain from working till 2 pmduring the protest hours. Apart from doctors even nurses, hospital staff and the general public will join in the march,” he said.

Members of the associations also requested authorities to act against the culprits under the cognisable and non-bailable sections of the Karnataka Medicare Act, 2009.




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