Ganga Ram doctors protest ‘manhandling’ of colleague


LAHORE: Ganga Ram Hospital’s emergency ward was closed for patients for over six hours on Monday to protest the alleged misbehaviour of a patient’s attendant with a lady doctor.

Doctors holding a sit-in in front of the Fatima Jinnah Medical University vice chancellor’s office told Dawn a female patient came to the emergency ward in the wee hours on Monday.

She was examined by the casualty medical officer who referred her to the gynaecology unit where a lady doctor checked her.

“Since the condition of the patient was not life threatening, the doctor went to attend another patient, which infuriated the attendant accompanying the patient, who first misbehaved with the doctor and then manhandled her claiming she was a police official,” said a house officer, who was on duty when the incident took place.

Another protesting doctor said the matter was brought to the knowledge of the hospital management, but no action was taken against the woman claiming to be a police official.

“We were left with no option but to stop work,” said the doctor.

Dr Abdul Ghaffar, the director of Ganga Ram Hospital emergency ward, approached the protesting doctors at around 3pm to inform them that a case had been registered against Saima, who was impersonating a police officer.

The director also promised the protesters to depute more security guards at the emergency ward.

The doctors ended their protest around 4pm.

Published in Dawn, August 16th, 2016