IF YOU do not conduct the CT scan of my wife, I will kill you, said a 30- year- old male who forcibly entered the Radiology department of Lady Hardinge Medical College ( LHMC) and threatened the doctors to see his wife first. Doctors who were already burdened with 40 patients went clueless.
Physical assault, abuses and threats have become a routine sight at most of the government hospitals in Delhi. In last one year, more than 70 times, senior doctors of the hospital have been assaulted by patient’s attendants and more than 18 times the doctors have gone on strike demanding better security and safety in the hospital premises.
Lapse in security Doctors allege that every single day they are either abused or threatened by the patient’s attendants or the family members. More than 70 times the doctors have been assaulted. Be it a minor scuffle or a major fight. We have been demanding a security system in the hospital to avoid such incidents, Dr Ravinder Chauhan, president of Residents Doctors Association ( RDA) at LHMC. On Saturday, a resident doctor at Deep Chand Bandhu hospital ( DCBH) was attacked by an attendant of a patient who had suffered an heart attack and later died. The attendant even went a step ahead and snatched the doctor’s bike keys. The doctors then went on strike for two hours.
The patient was properly attended by doctors and soon after his death, his family started misbehaving with the junior doctor.
We have registered an FIR as they took his bike keys too. The hospital administration has promised us that soon more security guards will be deployed, said Dr Harshit, vice president, RDA, DCBH. This is not an off case. More than 1,200 resident doctors from Lady Hardinge Medical College and its two associated hospitals went on strike on Thursday after one of its doctors was bitten on his arm by the patient’s relative. Last month, Baal Chikitsalaya in east Delhi were seen on camera thrashing doctors. We cannot work in such an environment. The hospitals must provide us security, said a senior doctor.
The Federation of Resident Doctors Association ( FORDA) has been repeatedly raising this issue of safety and security of doctors in the hospital. According to the association, from June 24 last year to July 24 this year, more than 18 times the doctors have gone on strike.
We recently had a meeting with the health department officials and conveyed our problems. We are working for the patients and not against them. But our safety is important, Dr Pankaj Solanki, president, FORDA said.
Doctors at the Delhi government- run Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital went on a strike for two hours after a patient’s attendant attacked a resident doctor on Saturday morning.
Around 1,200 resident doctors from New Delhi’s Lady Hardinge Medical College and its two associated hospitals went on a flash strike on Thursday to protest doctors getting beaten by the relatives of a patient. One of the doctors on duty was also bitten on his arm by the patient’s relative.
On May 21, more than 300 resident doctors from Deen Dayal Upadhaya ( DDU) hospital went on an indefinite strike after a group of 12 people attacked one of the resident doctors.
On July 3, a mob of 30- 40 people attacked on- duty doctors at Ambedkar Hospital, when a patient brought to the casualty in a state of shock and polytrauma succumbed to his injuries. A senior on- duty doctor informed that the aggressive patient’s attendants vandalised the entire casualty area, including emergency Operation Theatre ( OT) and minor OT. In January, resident doctors at Maulana Azad Medical College ( MAMC) and its associated Lok Nayak hospital went on strike after relatives of a woman who died during treatment allegedly roughed up hospital staff.
After doctors across hospitals went on strike in July last year over repeated incidents of patients kin getting rough, about 115 home guards were deputed across MAMC, LN and GB Pant hospitals, particularly in emergency areas. FORDA representatives said barely 24 guards remain across these three hospitals.
FACING THE FURY
More than 70 cases of assault on doctors have been reported.
Be it a minor scuffle or a major fight. We have been demanding a security system in the hospital to avoid such incidents.
Pharmacychoice Published on 25/07/216