Padma Awardees Doctors Forum’ condemns death of a senior doctor in Assam who was beaten to death by the patient’s relatives

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We request that the Prime Minister should intervene now

Dr KK Aggarwal

1st September 2019: Dr Deben Dutta was attacked by workers of Teok Tea Estate in Assam’s Jorhat district on Saturday and later succumbed to his injuries at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital.

As per media reports, relatives of 33-year-old Sukra Majhi, a casual worker, took her to the hospital inside the estate, in critical condition at 12 noon. Dr Dutta and the pharmacist were not present in the hospital. The nurse on duty pushed a saline but Majhi died which enraged the workers of the garden. When Dr Dutta arrived, he was severely beaten up and locked in a room in the hospital. At about 5 pm police from Teok police station and CRPF personnel rescued the doctor and rushed him to JMCH here where he succumbed to his injuries.

IMA Assam has called for a “24-hour withdrawal of medical services excluding emergency on September 3.

The Padma Awardees Doctors’ Forum requests the Prime Minister of India to directly intervene and stop such atrocities against the doctors.

The forum is aware that the Health Ministry is trying to build a central act against violence but the same should be done on an urgent basis and through an ordinance.

We also request the prime minister to raise this issue now and also in his monthly radio broadcast “Mann ki Baat”.

The forum fully supports the IMA Assam and National IMA to take the issue to its logical end.

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

President Elect Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Past National President IMA