In a shocking display of a blatantly unethical and seemingly unbelievable move by the members of Indian medical community, junior doctors of Burdwan Medical College Hospital, about 100 km from Kolkata, launched a savage assault on reporters yesterday. It is reported that the media persons gathered at the hospital to look into the death of a young girl who had died allegedly from “medical negligence”. Hospital doctors were unhappy with the reporting by the media and decided to attack the reporters. Several reporters/photographers were injured some of whom had to be admitted in the hospital. An FIR was also lodged against the violent doctors and hospital employees (see the news below).
Attacks on doctors and hospital vandalism by the irate friends and family of victims of “medical negligence” are not uncommon in India. While PBT can appreciate the underlying reason for the frequent mob fury against doctors/hospital as the hapless victims decide to take laws in their own hands in a futile attempt to find justice after realizing that there is hardly any chance to bring justice to the errant medicos who are commonly shielded by their colleagues in the medical councils, PBT has always preached against any violence against the doctors/hospitals. If doctor bashing could have solved the pervasive problem of medical malpractice in India, our country would have been a heaven for healthcare a long time ago. Many doctors’ groups and Indian Medical Associations (IMAs) have pressured the government to implement special criminal laws for better protection of the doctors. But who will protect the ordinary citizens who are falling preys not only to reckless therapy, but now, also to physical attacks by our healers? PBT has lodged a formal complaint with the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) and also sought immediate intervention by the Bengal Governor against the atrocious behavior of the doctors at Burdwan Medical College Hospital (see below).