Services at Delhi governments Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital in East Delhi were crippled since Sunday,after an angry mob vandalised the labour room and reportedly beat up a nurse. The incident took place after a 26-year-old woman,Ritu,died after giving birth to a stillborn.
Resident doctors and nursing staff in the gynaecology department remained off duty on Sunday,and the entire hospital staff did not report to duty on Monday morning,protesting against lack of security. Hospital authorities claimed that the woman had been referred from a private nursing home.
Medical superintendent of the hospital Dr Adarsh Kumar said,
The woman was sent to us in a critical state,with Intra Uterine Death (IUD) (baby having died in the mothers womb) around 3 am on Sunday. We had informed the relatives about the babys death and the critical nature of the case.
Dr Kumar said the woman later developed post-partum complications and contracted severe infection,eventually getting septicemia.
Sources said the delivery of the baby began at least six to seven hours after the woman was admitted,which could have contributed to the spread of infection and bleeding.
According to hospital staff,barely 20 minutes after the womans death,her relatives forcefully entered the labour room,broke the windows and assaulted a nurse on duty. Sources said police were informed,but no action was taken against those who vandalised the labour room.
Ritus family members admitted that had been informed about the babys death at 12.50 pm on Sunday,but blamed the mothers death on the negligence of doctors.
Bhagwan Singh,the womans brother,said,We were not informed about my sisters condition for a very long time. We were being forced to sign a paper meant for surgeries. But the delivery was normal,so we got suspicious. When one of us forcefully entered the labour room,we found her dead. No doctor was in the room, he alleged.
The labour room was closed till Sunday evening,with all women admitted for for delivery being referred to Lok Nayak and Guru Teg Bahadur hospitals,sources said.
By Monday morning the hospital was operating OPDs with skeletal staff. The resident doctors refused to call off their strike till late evening,despite promises by police to set up a post near the emergency.
Police said cases have been registered by the hospital staff and the womans family members. Additional DCP (East Delhi) Dinesh Gupta said,We have registered cases against both parties. We will take action once the post-mortem results are out. The police have assured protection to staff.