Patients continued to be inconvenienced as all medical services, except emergency ones, remained suspended on the second day of the strike called by the members of Haryana Civil Medical Services Association outside the General Hospital, Sector 6, here on Saturday.
The medical staff has suspended work to protest against the Raipur Rani dispensary incident, wherein the medical staff was allegedly beaten up by relatives of a dead patient on September 10.
All the four staff members, namely Dr Mohit Sharma, staff nurse Suman, and two class four employees, namely Rameshwar Das and Suman were injured in the incident, as a group of over 15 people forcibly entered the dispensary.
The Raipur police had registered cases against unidentified persons. Dr Manish was also booked for causing death due to negligence on the basis of the complaint of the relatives of the deceased patient.
On Saturday, the police arrested five resident of Khedi village, who were allegedly leading the group that assaulted the medical staff. The accused were identified as Sanjeev, Sandeep, Ram Pal and Sheesh Pal. However, the doctors sitting on strike said they would call off the protest only when the residents of the village withdraw the charges against Dr Manish.
“All the OPD services were closed today and we will continue the strike on Monday if the police do not arrest others accused in the case. Also, charges against Dr Manish should be withdrawn. This is our key demand. None of the medical staff will sit in Raipur Rani dispensary till security is provided to them,” said Dr Vikas, one of the staff members who is participating on protest. The staff members have also demanded security for the medical staff in dispensaries in rural areas.
Patients who had come from nearby rural areas faced inconvenience. Apart from the hospital, all the dispensaries were also closed, including the radiology departments.
On September 10, when a group of over 15 residents of Khedi village forcibly entered the Raipur Rani dispensary and allegedly started assaulting the doctors and others staff members.
The villagers alleged that a woman patient, Baby, 40, who had been brought to the dispensary had died allegedly due to the negligence of the staff. The relatives of the deceased patient had then allegedly beaten up the staff members. All those injured in the incident were admitted to GH-6.
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