Under the banner of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Ludhiana unit, doctors held a protest rally to lodge their protest against the recent incident of hooliganism at the Arora Nursing Home, Baba Than Singh Chowk. The hooliganism was done by relatives of a patient, Jyoti, who was getting treatment at this nursing home, but she died later.
The relatives alleged that it was negligence on the part of the doctors, but the latter said that the relatives were told to shift the patient to CMCH, but the same was not done due to financial problems of the family.
Dr R K Sharma, president of local unit of the IMA, said the doctors are trained to prevent disease and treat a person if she/he falls ill.
Many a times despite best efforts, they are not able to cure the patient. In this specific case, the patient, who had acute asthma with severe pulmonary tuberculosis, was admitted to the Arora Nursing Home on July 20 in a critical condition.
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After initial stabilisation, the relatives of the patient were told to shift her to CMC Hospital. But they refused to do so under written informed consent and wanted treatment to be continued at Arora Nursing Home only. She showed improvement but on July 23, she again became critical.
Dr Sharma said the attendants were again told to shift her to CMC Hospital but they again refused due to financial problems. Despite best efforts by the doctors, the patient could not be saved. Some of the relatives at this juncture started creating a ruckus and called a few hundred people there. They even damaged the property of hospital and a dharna was staged in front of the hospital for two days.
Asserting that patients can approach consumer forum for redressal of their grievances, the protesting doctors said damage to the hospital property was a cognisable offence under the Punjab Protection of Medicare Services Persons and Institutions (Prevention of Violence and damage to property) Act, 2008. They demanded that this Act should be implemented in letter and spirit and the life/property of the doctors be protected.
The protesting doctors said all those who indulged in violence should be booked under this law.