Child dies in hospital, kin attack 3 junior docs



  • Three junior resident doctors were assaulted by a patient’s attendant at Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital
  • The doctors claimed that the attackers were armed with iron rods
  • A three-year-old child suffering from encephalitis died during treatment, kin blamed doctors


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NEW DELHI: At least three junior resident doctors were assaulted by a patient’s attendant at Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital on Thursday, leading to protests and strike at work by doctors.

The doctors claimed that the attackers, kin of a three-year-old child suffering from encephalitis who died during treatment, were armed with iron rods.

“The mother of the victim bit the doctor on duty while the rest of the crowd, nearly 20 of them, chased others. The doctors’ duty room, where some residents were sitting, was also broken into,” Dr Vivek Chauksey, president of the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) at Lady Hardinge Medical College of which Kalawati Saran is a part, claimed. He added that residents would not join work until the attackers were put behind bars.

The child was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday in a critical condition. “We did our best to save her,” a doctor claimed. But the family alleged that the child could have been saved had she been given proper care.
This wasn’t the first time attendants clashed with doctors at a city hospital. On July 3, relatives of a patient who died of severe wounds sustained in a road accident had damaged the casualty wing of Ambedkar hospital in Rohini. They had also chased the doctors and security staff.
Last month, relatives of an infant who died during treatment at Chacha Nehru Baal Chikitsalaya in east Delhi were seen on camera beating up doctors inside the critical care unit. “We cannot work in such an environment. The hospitals must provide us security so that we don’t get beaten up by the patients we treat or their attendants,” said a senior doctor.
At Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Ram Manohar Lohia hospitals, the administration had to appoint bouncers to keep attacks at bay. But the resident doctors said things wouldn’t change until there was fear of law.
Recently, the AIIMS RDA had taken out a march at their campus while the Delhi Medical Council had organised a seminar to sensitise people about the role of doctors and why they shouldn’t be attacked. “There should be a system for institutional FIR against the attackers. Doctors, particularly women, try to avoid legal hassles, thus leading to skewed data about these sort of attacks,” a doctor said.


DATED:JULY 22/ 2016