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NRI doctor beaten up and assaulted by patient at Medical Centre, Scotland

London, Dec 09, 2007
Dr. S. Malhotra

NRI Dr Arun Rai, 49 got severe bruising and cuts after being pushed to the ground and repeatedly battered on the head and face by a patient- big guy in his clinic in Glasgow, Scotland. He needed hospital treatment after he was brutally beaten up in his surgery

The secretary of the Glasgow Local Medical Committee, Dr Alan McDevitt said that the room was fitted with an emergency security button but Dr Rai was did not have a chance to use it. Dr. Arun was continue to shake and staff at the centre are also very upset.

The patient, Frank McDade, 45, of Clydebank appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court and was charged with assault to severe injury and another assault charge. He made no plea or declaration and was released on bail pending further inquiries.

The British Medical Association spokeswoman said: "This is appalling news.It is unacceptable that doctors providing care and treatment to patients should be subject to such an attack."A strong message must be sent that violence will not be tolerated and strict sentences should apply."

According to media news, BAPIO-The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin has expressed: "We as an organisation of doctors representing doctors of Indian origin are shocked that in this day and age, well-meaning doctors serving patients can be assaulted."

Dr. Arun Rai graduated from Ranchi University, India. He was working at the practice owned by Dr Singh and Partners in the Clydebank Medical Centre, Glasgow, for the last three years.