Resident doctors in Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) hospital in west Delhi have been on strike since Sunday night, after some doctors were allegedly roughed up during a scuffle with a patient’s family members in the emergency ward.
According to sources, meetings were held between the health secretary and doctors Monday evening. Doctors said the home guards deputed to ensure security at hospitals had not proved to be a deterrent.
Sources said a patient, who sustained injuries on his leg in an accident, had to wait for about 10 to 15 minutes for the doctors to arrive.
“When the doctors arrived, one of them accidentally brushed against the patient’s leg. There was a heated argument and a clash broke out. Three doctors sustained minor injuries on the nose, stomach, and face respectively. Both sides have registered police complaints,” said a source, adding that the patient’s kin have alleged negligence in duty.
A resident doctor said, “We used this opportunity to appraise health department authorities that not all home guards have reported to various hospitals. Secondly, the guards are not enough of a deterrent to prevent such attacks.”
Sources said representatives of the doctors told health officials that they will go on a 24-hour strike every time a doctor is assaulted.
“There does not seem to be any other way to ensure basic security of doctors,” added the doctor.
Hospital authorities said out-patient departments and emergencies were kept functional with senior doctors being roped in.
“Patients with old registrations were seen in the OPD. However, we could not see any new patients,” said a hospital official.