Ward for Dheklapara patients

Siliguri, Jan. 9: Fourteen residents of the closed Dheklapara Tea Estate who were admitted to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital on Friday were shifted to a separate ward today.

Yesterday, the patients had demanded that they be discharged after some junior doctors allegedly misbehaved with them.

"The patients were not adjusting well. They had alleged that junior doctors used abusive words and discharged them forcibly. I shifted 14 patients to a separate ward near the emergency today. There are nine men and five women patients," said hospital superintendent Sabyasachi Das.

"We had a list of 17 patients who were supposed to be admitted on Friday. One patient did not come and 16 were admitted. Two patients left the hospital on Saturday. Now we have 14 patients here," he said.

According to Das, the patients have been admitted under him. "The patients will be under my care. I will supervise their treatment and send them to doctors according to their ailments. Three nurses have been posted in the ward. As for the tests, I will see to it that they are done without money. Medicines, too, shall be provided for free. The patients have been given new blankets and sweaters," Das said.

Today, Siliguri MLA Rudranath Bhattacharya visited the hospital. "None of the patients will be denied treatment. We have made a list of tests and surgeries that have to be conducted and medicines that have to be brought. These shall be done soon," Bhattacharya said.

"There are 80 more patients in Dheklapara. I shall visit the place along with a team of doctors this week," he added.

Shyamlal Modi, who had admitted the patients on Friday, said: "We are happy with the initiative. We shall get the two who fled to Dheklapara back for treatment."