Mangaluru, Dec 12, 2015 : A duty doctor at Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru has been accused of assaulting a man and also refusing treatment to his mother who was an acute diabetes patient and was supposed to undergo toe amputation owing to gangrene.
Sarojamma and her son Subrahmanya from Moodbidri had approached the Wenlock Hospital on December 11 when the hospital authorities said they will have to make some payments. As the poor mother and son were unable to bear the cost, they were reportedly refused treatment at the hospital.
Following this, the two approached the Deputy Commissioner along with a letter explaining their plight. Taking serious cognizance of the letter , the DC issued a letter to the hospital directing the authorities to provide free treatment to Sarojamma.
It is said on December !2, Saturday morning, the District Medical Officer Dr Rajeshwari asked the duty doctor to begin treatment for Sarojamma. But Subrahmanya has alleged that no sooner Dr Rajeshwari left, the duty doctor was rude to them and threatened that he would not admit the patient even if the CM directed him to do so. It is also alleged that the doctor pushed and assaulted Subrahmanya and even threatened that he would file a case of obstruction of duty.
Finding no other way, Subrahmanya contacted the Tulunada Rakshana Vedike whose activists intimated the police and arrived at the hospital. Talks were held with the DMO and the patient was finally admitted for treatment.
Meanwhile, District Medical Officer Dr Rajeshwari Devi refuted the allegations of Subrahmanya, who, she said was mentally unsound.