IN a shocking incident reported, the Versoa police, suburban Mumbai, registered First Information Report (FIR) against two doctors of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani (KDA) Hospital for allegedly abusing, insulting and pushing out of the hospital their own female doctor.
The Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute run by Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, is situated at Four Bungalows, Andheri (W).
Before moving on to the real story of the incident let’s see hospital what claims about itself: With a vision to offer outstanding patient care, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital lives up to very high ethical and professional standards so as to meet the stringent benchmarks that characterise the finest medical institutions across the world. Equipped with excellent medical infrastructure and staff we wish to transform the way our country views healthcare deliverables. After such claims this incident will be a shocker and a matter of shame for the medical fraternity and people of the country.
On January 21, 2015 Versoa police registered FIR (copy available with ABI) against Dr. Neel Sequera and Dr. Rachna Puri. Both have been booked under sections 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 3 (1), 10 of (SC/ST Prevention of) Atrocities Act.
According to the FIR the victim (name held with ABI on request to protect identity) is a resident of Pratikshanagar, Sion. She was associated as Manager grade-6 with Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. On November 1, 2011 she was transferred in Clinical Service department as a Manager. She was reporting to Dr. Mihir Dalal and Dr. Ram Narayan. In 2012 Dr. Anurag Naik was appointed as her boss. In December 2013 as per procedure hospital appointed 11 students and for that victim collected Rs. 1, 93,000 from them. On September 24, 2014 she deposited the money through a demand draft (DD) in K J Somaiya college account.
On May 7, 2014 suddenly she had a brain hemorrage and paralysis attack. She was admitted to Shushrusha Hospital in Dadar till June 9, 2014. Later she was shifted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. On July 9, 2014 she was discharged and on August 28, 2014 she resumed work.
On September 30, 2014 Dr. Neel Sequera called her and made inquiry if she had complained against the hospital in Versoa police station. He also suggested settling the dispute in hospital premises. He told that she had been found involved in financial irregularities. Victim was trying to show the fee receipt but Dr. Neel Sequera suddenly got angry.
Sequera shouted, “Call ladies security. Throw her from hospital. She belongs to thief community. Remove her cloths. Check perfectly. Stick her photographs on each and every gate of Hospital. So she cannot enter the hospital.” The security staff acted on Dr. Neel Sequera’s order. Victim immediate complained to zonal deputy commissioner of police (DCP) over mobile phone.
“She described that Dr. Neel Sequera was extremely rude. Used abusive language and ordered to throw her out of the hospital, claiming that these (victim) kinds of people are not allowed inside,” said a relative of victim.
On October 6, 2014 hospital administration terminated her from her service.
She had approached the Versoa police with a written application seeking action against hospital but police ignore her. Since then she was running trying hard to register complaint. After interference of the Additional Commissioner of Police, Milind Bharambe on January 21, 2015 the Versova police finally registered FIR.
The police should have acted well in advance before the interference of the Addl. CP. But it seems in our country one will be awarded justice only when that person has a strong backing. And authorities should do a thorough check before accusing or making remarks on anyone especially a lady, keeping in mind that persons’ respect in public.
ABI tried to reach hospital Spokesperson but failed as hospital receptionist was not in co-operative nature.