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Police to probe manhandling of NMC doc

Police to probe manhandling of NMC doc


Nepal Police has shaped a four-member probe committee to research the manhandling of an on-duty physician on the emergency ward of Attarkhel-based Nepal Medical College and subsequent deletion of the CCTV footage of the incident.

The panel led by Superintendent of Police Somendra Singh Rathore of Metropolitan Police Range, Teku, features a deputy superintendent of police.

On May 27, the physician was allegedly crushed up by the son of a 54-year-old affected person who had succumbed to ‘respiratory sickness’ a number of hours after being delivered to the emergency ward of the hospital.

Talking to THT, the physician, who was crushed up, alleged, “The man listened to us calmly after we briefed him concerning the loss of life of his relative, however he charged at me and punched me after we sought his permission to check the deceased’s swab samples for COVID-19.”

According to him, the person alleged that his kin died as a result of carelessness of medical doctors and that medical doctors have been making an attempt to cover their negligence by suggesting that the loss of life occurred as a result of respiratory pandemic.

After a heated debate on the difficulty with sufferers, medical doctors discovered to their shock that the CCTV footage of the incident contained in the emergency ward was lacking.

Doctors then went to Bouddha-based Metropolitan Police Circle to file an FIR in opposition to the person who had crushed up the on-duty physician.

The medical fraternity, in the meantime, has criticised the incident and lamented that it was unlucky medical doctors have been being attacked even within the time of COVID-19 after they have been risking their lives to avoid wasting the lives of others.

Accusing the hospital’s administration of deleting the CCTV footage of the incident, protesting NMC medical doctors immediately padlocked the executive block of the hospital and raised slogans outdoors the hospital decrying the bid to botch up the investigation.

The hospital’s administration board later immediately shaped an unbiased probe committee to research the case.

Meanwhile, the household of the deceased has written a letter to the hospital administration, Kathmandu District Administration Office and the native authorities, searching for truthful investigation into the case.

The hospital administration, then again, has refuted the allegation that it deleted the CCTV footage of the incident. Prakash Poudel, deputy director of NMC, mentioned, “We have no idea how the footage was deleted. We have handed over all of the potential evidences to the police and can help the investigation.”

He added that the hospital administration was with the medical doctors and condemned the assault on a physician of the hospital.

A model of this text seems in e-paper on June 1, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.



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