04 May, 2016

Close to 400 students of MVJ Medical College in Hosakote have been protesting by boycotting work since April 30 after both the management and police failed to take any action on an angry mob of a patient's relatives who assaulted a few students on Saturday after the patient died of pneumonia in the hospital. Two doctors, (one of them, a PG student), two nurses and a technician sustained severe injuries after they were attacked by the angry mob. Beeresh, 24, was admitted to the hospital on Thursday with septicaemia and pneumonia on Thursday.

His condition deteriorated on Friday morning and he was put on ventilator but he subsequently succumbed. The relatives of the patient alleged medical negligence and attacked the doctor on duty and a few staff members. They also staged a protest and vandalised the hospital. One of the PG doctors told BM, "The student was beaten up so badly in spite of the patient's condition being explained beforehand. This was a case of a severe security lapse and we want this to be rectified at the earliest. We want a police outpost at the hospital because the area is prone to such incidents. It has been days since the incident, but no action has been taken so far and the culprit has not even been arrested."

This is probably the first time that a private hospital is holding a protest following an attack. Usually such a scenario is witnessed in government hospitals. The students say they will not resume duty unless strict action is taken against the perpetrators. They have also sought the intervention of the Indian Medical Association to sort out the issue. The management of the hospital denied any inconvenience to the patients claiming that the emergency department of the hospital was functional.

Dharni Mohan, CEO, MVJ Medical College and Hospital, said, "The students have been protesting for the past two days now because the culprit has not been arrested.

The police have registered an FIR. We have decided to replace the security in the hospital, and for this, have interviewed five companies. We have also asked the government to set up a police check-post within the hospital premises to avoid any such untoward incident in the future. The hospital has been treating patients as usual."

Online petition

The students have now started an online petition, which is doing the rounds on social media and close to 750 people have come forward to support the medical students seeking action on the same. A copy of this petition has also been submitted to the commissioner of police NS Megharikh. The students have mentioned in the petition that they will continue their protest till the culprits are arrested.