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Doctors assaulted after patient dies at Malda Hospital

Kolkata: The family members of a patient who died at Malda Medical College and Hospital on Friday assaulted some of the junior doctors.

The deceased's family members attacked the doctors alleging that the patient had died of negligence. The incident triggered chaos inside the hospital campus. The junior doctors also staged a demonstration protesting against the hooliganism.

The doctors have, however, denied the allegation of negligence and added that the patient was brought to the hospital in a critical condition and despite their sustained efforts, the patient did not survive.

After conducting the protest demonstration, the junior doctors later joined their duties following the intervention of senior officials of the hospital and police. A police officer who went to the spot assured the doctors that the accused would be arrested soon.

It was learnt that one Biren Sarkar, a local resident, was taken to the hospital at around 8.45 pm on Thursday after he had complained of serious respiratory distress.

The patient died on Friday morning. Following the incident, the victim's family members attacked some junior doctors including a lady doctor.

A junior doctor who was assaulted during the incident told police a lady doctor was first attacked. As other doctors had come to her rescue, they were also manhandled by the patient's relatives. The doctors were rescued as police reached the spot on time.

A section of junior doctors at the hospital said they were feeling insecure and demanded adequate security arrangements for all the doctors. The family members of the deceased, however, alleged that the patient died due to negligence.

Police have started a detailed probe into the incident and suspect that some outsiders might have joined the relatives of the patient during their attack on the doctors. Cops are yet to arrest anybody in

this connection.

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