7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Hospital assault

A DOCTOR at a hospital already hit by staff shortages has been forced to take extended leave after he was allegedly assaulted by a patient for refusing to give him a morphine shot.

It is the latest in a long line of incidents in which staff at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) have been attacked on duty.

Sources said the Indian doctor, who had only recently joined the department, was assaulted by a patient suffering from sickle cell anaemia.

The patient allegedly grabbed the doctor around the neck and threw him to the floor as other hospital visitors, security staff and doctors watched.

"We were all taken aback by what happened and the man left the hospital immediately after the incident," said a doctor, who did not wish to be named.

"The matter was later reported to the authorities."

Sources said the patient returned when another doctor was on duty and again created a scene when the morphine shot was refused.

"He was then escorted out of the hospital by security."

They said the doctor has been on leave for almost a week, but has not resigned.

Last month, Accident and Emergency department chairman Dr Jassim Al Mehza said he would demand at least BD500 a month danger money for doctors and nurses in the department, in the face of almost daily violence and abuse.

Dr Al Mehza said the across-the-board payment, which would be more than some staff earn, would be proposed to the Health Ministry soon.

He added that a proposal for a permanent police station at the department was still pending. [email protected]

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