Doctors of central Delhi’s LNJP hospital went on a strike after one of their colleagues was allegedly beaten
up by the relatives of a patient on September 18 night. They are demanding that an FIR be registered against the attackers, tighter security in the hospital, and strict enforcement of the only one-attendant-per-patient rule.
Services we/re disrupted at the hospital after the resident doctors went on strike. The doctors staged a protest demonstration against the police for its failure to arrest those responsible for beating up their colleague.
The doctors did not see patients at the Outdoor Patients Department and the emergency department on September 19, 2013. The security guards locked all the gates of the hospital and advised patients to visit nearby hospitals for necessary check up.
A gynaecologist who was in the night shift in the emergency department was attacked around 11.30 pm by the relatives of a patient who blamed her for not taking their case seriously.
Speaking to DTMT, one of the doctors said the patient was brought to the hospital around 10.30 pm. At the same time another serious patient came to the department and the doctor went to attend her. One of the patient’s attendants namely Ali felt discriminated. He called a mob with the help of a local political leader to the hospital and started beating the lady doctor. She received serious injuries to her neck and her clothes were torn.
Soon after this, the doctors struck work and gathered outside the emergency ward at 1 am to protest against the attack.
“This is not the first time that a doctor has been beaten up by patients’ relatives. In the past also, similar incidents have occurred. Despite reminders, we have not been provided appropriate security. We want a permanent solution to the menace”, said the president of the Resident Doctors Association, condemning the attack on the doctor.
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