Days after three policemen were suspended for allegedly assaulting a doctor on duty at a hospital in Solapur, the woman for whom the policemen had taken up the cudgels, has approached the Bombay High Court seeking action against doctors at the public hospital. She had alleged that the doctors had failed to carry out their duty properly.
On December 31, the pregnant woman, who was in labour, had been wheeled into Solapur the government hospital. The suspended policemen had approached a doctor, who was at that time attending to an emergency case, and had asked him to attend to the woman in labour. As the doctor asked them to take the lady to gynaecology department, the policemen allegedly assaulted him. She ended up delivering the baby on a staircase at the hospital.
The application filed by the woman, Jainubi Pirzade, and her husband Sulaiman alleges that Jainubi was not given proper treatment and seeks action against the hospital.
The court has directed the dean of the hospital, Ashok Shinde, to file his reply by this Friday.
The couple’s advocate, PA Pol, admitted in court that the policemen’s action may not be justified but pointed out that there was another side to the controversy which has gone unreported in the media. “When the woman delivered on the steps and was in acute pain, there was no doctor to attend to her,” advocate Pol told the court.
The woman, who belongs to the lower economic stratum of society, does menial jobs for a living.
Her application points out that the woman was bawling incessantly and several people assembled there on hearing her cries but the doctors failed to provide immediate help.
Advocate Pol has also written to the state administration authorities, seeking to know whether a mandatory notification has been issued to appoint an authority to advise victims of medical negligence as to how they can go about taking action against errant doctors.
The high court has now directed the hospital dean as to which doctor was supposed to attend to patients at the hospital’s reception area at the time the lady was wheeled into the hospital.