In a first of its kind of event, resident doctors of AIIMS organised a 5-km run around the campus Sunday to call for an end to increasing incidents of violence against doctors on duty. Nearly 1,500 doctors from across the city participated in the run, which began in the quadrangle inside the AIIMS campus, led to Sri Aurobindo Marg, Balbir Saxena Marg and August Kranti Marg before finishing at AIIMS hostel campus.
Speaking at the event, AIIMS director Dr M C Misra said, “Every other day there are reports of doctors on duty being roughed up by patients’ kin in the capital of this country. Patients and their families need to understand that death is inevitable in certain circumstances, and despite best efforts, unfortunately, doctors have limitations. We cannot save every life in the emergency room, even if we want to.”
Before flagging off the run, he added, “We need to talk and communicate better with patients, and explain expected outcomes as treatment progresses. Communicating with patients and family members should not be left till the last minute, especially for patients who come with emergency conditions. We need to understand communicating is as important as the treatment, as family members are in shock.”
Resident doctors from different medical colleges and hospitals including Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), Safdarjung and RML Hospital, and Hindu Rao hospital participated in the run. Dr Tarun Arora, President RDA, AIIMS called for a need to “rebuild the lost patient-doctor relationship and trust”.
“We organised this run to spread awareness on the daily violence doctors have to face in critical care services when survival of patient goes beyond the doctor’s control. Looking at the spate of these clashes, both doctors and patients need to work at rebuilding mutual trust,” he added.
Doctors also called for institutional FIRs to be registered by hospital authorities if such instances happen.
Earlier this month, resident doctors from MAMC and associated hospitals went on strike after residents in gynecology department were roughed up by patients in the hospital emergency ward. Resident doctors at Hindu Rao Hospital had gone on strike last month over a similar assault.
Doctors in hospitals under civic bodies who just ended a week-long strike have also called for improved security. Last year, the Federation of Resident Doctors Associations (FORDA) in Delhi had announced strikes across hospitals after a spate of such incidents. “Home guards posted for security around emergencies then had been withdrawn progressively. Now, after fresh incidents, we have been promised more home guards will be deployed,” said Dr Pankaj Solanki, president of FORDA.