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Doctors go on strike after attack by kin of woman who died during treatment

According to the doctors, the woman, seven months pregnant, developed respiratory distress.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
January 26, 2016 2:40:59 am

Resident doctors at Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and its associated Lok Nayak hospital went on strike after relatives of a woman who died during treatment during the early hours Monday allegedly roughed up hospital staff.

The woman died during treatment in the gynecology emergency following which her kin and attendants allegedly went on the rampage.
The doctors, who had gone on strike last year over security in government hospitals, claimed that a majority home guards deputed to hospitals then had been withdrawn.

According to the doctors, the woman, seven months pregnant, developed respiratory distress.

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“Even while CPR was continuing, at least 10 to 15 attendants of the patient were hurling abuses at the doctors. The CPR was continued, but the patient could not be saved. By that time, almost 50 to 60 attendants came and started throwing chairs at doctors and staff,” said Dr Pankaj Solanki, president of the Federation of Resident Doctors Associations (FORDA) in Delhi hospitals, which includes MAMC and LN hospital.

While the rest of the staff managed to lock themselves into a room, a nursing orderly was allegedly beaten up by the woman’s kin. Hours later, at about 5.30 am, in the gynecology emergency, five to six attendants of the woman allegedly barged into the emergency.

According to FORDA representatives, the patient’s kin threw saline bottles at doctors.

Resident doctors of gynecology went on strike first, followed by colleagues in other departments. By afternoon, after meeting with the resident doctors, hospital authorities registered an institutional FIR in connection with the attack under sections of obstructing public servant in the line of duty and criminal intimidation.

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Resident doctors returned to work in the emergency, but maintained that if the accused were not arrested under non-bailable sections, OPDs would not be opened Wednesday.

“Since tomorrow is Republic Day and OPDs are closed, all patients come to the emergency. So residents have joined duty in the emergency. But if action is not taken against the accused, we will again halt work from Wednesday,” said Dr Solanki.

Dr Y K Sarin, medical superintendent of LN hospital said an FIR had been registered by the hospital. “Consultant doctors managed OPDs on Monday. We hope residents return to work, as we are tackling the matter the best we can. We will be taking measures for additional security for doctors.”

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After doctors across hospitals went on strike in July last year over repeated incidents of patients’ kin getting rough, about 115 home guards were deputed across MAMC, LN and GB Pant hospitals, particularly in emergency areas. FORDA representatives said barely 24 guards remain across these three hospitals.

Dr Solanki said out of 500 promised home guards across Delhi government hospitals, hardly 100 are coming to emergencies now.

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First published on: 26-01-2016 at 02:40:59 am

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