OPD of Kalimpong District Hospital resumes services after ambulance brawl
Darjeeling: A meeting between the District Magistrate, Kalimpong and doctors and staff of the Kalimpong District Hospital has helped resume services at the Out Patient Department of the hospital, which remained closed since Monday afternoon.
A doctor had been roughed up on Monday, following which the doctors stayed away from the OPD.
The Doctors and staff stated they have conditionally opened up the OPD, following a meeting with the District Magistrate on Monday. In the meeting, they put up a charter of demand.
The demands include arrest of the persons involved in the physical assault, setting up of a police post in the hospital and streamlining traffic on the access road to the hospital and on the hospital campus by not allowing outside vehicles to park at the hospital premises.
"If our demands are not met within 72 hours from today (Tuesday), then we will sit-in for another round of meeting and decide on our future course of action," stated Dr. Ankan Simlandi, Superintendent of the Kalimpong District Hospital. The District Magistrate has assured to look into the demands. Following the announcement at around 1:30pm on Tuesday, the OPD became functional.
Incidentally on Monday, one Sonam Tshering (47) of Kalimpong suddenly fell ill. He was then rushed to a private facility, following which he was referred to the Kalimpong District Hospital.
Locals were taking him to the district hospital when the ambulance started trailing behind a vehicle of one Dr Avisekh Gautam.
As the doctor's vehicle and the ambulance arrived on the Hospital campus, a youth got down from the ambulance and roughed up the doctor alleging that the doctor had not allowed the Ambulance to cross by. However, the doctor claimed that there was huge congestion on the road, thus resulting in the inconvenience.
Following the assault on the doctor, the assailant had disappeared.
The doctors had then lodged a complaint at the Kalimpong police station and shut down the out patient department.