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Trouble started yesterday with a junior doctor slapping a staff nurse over delay in producing the case sheet of a patient. The junior doctor, Dipesh Reddy, assaulted Yasodamma, staff nurse. The nurse lodged a complaint with the Hospital Superintendent. As no action was forthcoming from the hospital authorities, the nurses supported by class IV employees protested and picked up an altercation with the junior doctors today. The nurses chased the junior doctors in the presence of the Superintendent and threw chappals.
In retaliation, the junior doctors beat up a class IV employee, Rangaiah, leading to tension in the hospital. When a press photographer tried to take pictures of the incidents, the Superintendent, K. Ramachandra, objected and slapped him. The Superintendent's action angered presspersons, who stormed his chambers and protested vehemently. The Superintendent was grilled and one of the reporters pulled him by his apron. The hospital staff and presspersons jostled with each other as the heated arguments went on. The police intervened and pacified both the groups. The presspersons relented after the Superintendent tendered an apology. Then there was trouble once again between the two hospital groups. The junior doctors who gathered in strength assaulted the attendant, Rangaiah. The police led by the Deputy SP, V. Satyanarayana, took into custody 130 junior doctors and medicos. The police said four cases were registered relating to the violence in the hospital. A case was registered against the junior doctor, Dipesh Reddy, on the charge of assaulting the staff nurse. Another case was registered against medicos for assaulting the class IV employee. Junior doctors too lodged a complaint against nurses on the charge of abusing them.
Failure of the hospital authorities to act on time over the nurse-junior doctor row precipitated into a major clash on the campus that brought bad reputation to the institution. Filthy language was used against each other which was unbecoming of their status in society. The police could not afford to act harsh because nurses, junior doctors and presspersons were involved in the incidents. Medical services came to a halt in the main block and other wards due to the series of incidents. Two patients died due to lack of medical aid while the skirmishes were taking place there. The sick were inconvenienced by the happenings in the hospital. The Collector, G. Sai Prasad, who is the chairman of the Hospital Development Society, reviewed the situation after returning from Atmakur. He expressed unhappiness over the failure of the authorities to handle a minor issue involving two individuals and ordered an inquiry into the whole episode.
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