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Featured Image: The new entry gate at SSKM Hospital. 

By a Newsman

Kolkata, 10 September: WITHIN a span of 24 hours, two incidents rocked Kolkata’s government owned SSKM Hospital on Thursday with claims and counter claims by junior doctors and family members of patients about attacks on each other.

Tapan Haldar (50), a resident of Chetla in south Kolkata went to the orthopaedics out-patients department (OPD) at SSKM Hospital on Thursday for treatment after his finger got severed while working in a factory.

Halder alleged that the doctors denied to attend him saying that the OPD had closed for the day. On being insisted, the on-duty junior doctors got into a verbal dual with Halder’s family members and then some of the doctors allegedly beaten them up.

In his written complaint to the hospital superintendent and Bhawanipore police station, Halder has accused the junior doctors of tearing his cloths, misbehaving with the female members of his family and denial of treatment.

In their counter complaint with the superintendent, the doctors have requested for police protection and adequate measure to stop recurrent attacks on the doctors by kin and friends of patients.

This came after, Abhay Sarkar, a junior doctor at SSKM Hospital, broke his leg and hand on being severely assaulted on Wednesday by the kin and friends of an auto rickshaw driver from Chetla, who was being treated at the hospital for injuries incurred in an accident and succumbed to his injuries..

The kin of the deceased auto rickshaw driver Bapi Ghosh accused the doctors of neglecting his treatment and attacked Dr Sarkar. The junior doctor is now undergoing treatment in the Woodburn Ward of the hospital.