Darjeeling Nurse Assaulted

Darjeeling Nurse Allege Assault in Cooch Behar’s JNMCH, this is the second time such an incident has happened in this very hosppital

In a shocking incident, senior nurse from Darjeeling Sr. N. Tamang, who is currently posted in the Maharaja Jirendra Narayan Medical College and Hospital, Cooch Behar was physically assaulted and verbally abused by a first year PGT Dr. Vivek Raj.

According to the nurses we have spoken to, this is what had happened

“Sister N. Tamang who is a trade II Staff Nurse was serving in the Female Medical Ward, where interns and lab technicians had failed to draw me blood of one patient. So Sr. N Tamang approached Dr. Vivek to draw the patients blood.

This apparently offended Dr. Vivek, who apparently said that it is not his job to draw the blood. He said that it is to be done by sister or nurses only. After which he said “Mey sab intern ko utha lunga” in Hindi. This lead to verbal exchance of words between the sister and the doctor.

Infuriated, the Doctor allegedly first pushed Sr. N Tamang in the chest and then kicked her. He even used the word prostitute and r**di as well. He allegedly went on a rampage and used filthy language against the sister, calling her, “behen ka lauda, madarchod, mar dunga.”

It was only after the intervention by security guards and another doctor Dr. Kamal, that Dr. Vivek could finally be restrained.

When the other senior nurses and confronted that doctor infront of the authority he tried to hit her again in front of everyone. “He is not ashamed and unapologetic for what he has done” said a nurse, who was visibly shocked at the doctor’s behaviour.

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The Nurses then approached the senior doctors on duty, who have been caught on camera laughing off the trauma faced by Sr. N Tamang.

The nurses then went to file a formal complaint with the police. That is when the hospital authorities sent a circular announcing the formation of a committee to inquire into the incident.

We spoke to the MSVP of MJN Hospital Dr. Rajiv Prasad, who said that, “we have formed an inquiry committee to look into the allegations, the committee comprises of Nursing Staff, Female Medical Officer and senior doctors, they will submit us the report within the next 72-hours, we will take action following the report submitted by the inquiry committee. Since the doctors have another version, we will wait for the report.”

When we stated that we have on video, a witness stating she saw the doctor kick and assault the nurse, Dr. Prasad said, “we will conduct thorough inquiry. We will conduct proper inquiry and take action, rest assured, there will be no injustice.”

When asked about senior doctors visibly smirking on video, Dr. Prasad said, “he is a very senior, and renowned doctor of our hospital, he does not mean to take the issue lightly.””

Meanwhile, Sr. N Tamang is traumatized after being assaulted in her own hospital, by a doctor.

A nurse from Kalimpong had been assaulted in this same hospital in 2021. No action has been taken against the perpetrators of that assault as well. It is obvious, the hospital authorities and the WB Health Department have failed to protect our Sisters. The authorities should take the strictest of action against the offending doctor. The nurses should feel safe in the hospital they work in, they should not have to fear assault, least of all from the doctor, who seems to have massive behavioural issues.

Dr. Vivek Raj

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