What happened at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital

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Shehnaz Mansoori, the 32-year-old patient who died during treatment on Friday night, was first admitted to Civil Hospital on February 3 with a complaint of swelling and pain in the intestines. After surgery, and eight days of rest, she recovered and was discharged.

However, she was readmitted on February 18 and, on February 21, underwent a surgery of the intestine in ward C6 of the hospital. On the night of March 2, however, her condition suddenly deteriorated. She complained of acute pain in the stomach after which doctors were called in for help. However, Shehnaz died despite the efforts of the doctors to revive her.

Doctor assaulted

At 11.30 pm on Friday night, two relatives of Shehnaz assaulted the resident doctor, Dr Nitin Chaudhary, accusing him of carelessness which had allegedly led to the death their patient’s death. In the melee that followed, three more doctors were beaten up but Dr Chaudhary bore the brunt of the assault and suffered bruises on the abdomen and chest.

Head of the resident doctors association, Dr Hiren Rana, claimed that sonography was done on the patient and that she had died after the test. She was put on ventilator in a desperate attempt to revive her, Dr Rana said.

What patients’ kin say

The relatives of the deceased patient have a different version of the incident. Mohammad Iqbal Mansoori, a relative, said that the doctors were called at 9 pm after Shehnaz complained of pain in the stomach. But despite many remainders, Dr Chaudhary came only at 11:30 pm.

Iqbal Mansoori said the doctor first gave Shehnaz an injection and then allegedly shouted at her and her relatives. He further alleged that Dr Chaudhary had also slapped the patient after which the relatives beat up Dr Chaudhary.

Where is Dr Chaudhary

After the incident, office-bearers of the Resident Doctors Association have reportedly asked Dr Chaudhary not to talk to anyone about the incident. Senior doctors of the hospital, including head of the surgical ward Dr Jayesh Parikh, have also not been allowed to speak to Dr Chaudhary. Incidentally, Dr Chaudhary had been working under Dr Parikh.

The strike

After Dr Chaudhary informed other resident doctors of the hospital about the incident, they filed an FIR at Shahibaug police station and then, at 2.30 am, declared an indefinite strike.

Doctors’ demands

The resident doctors are demanding that the Doctors’ Protection Act, which has been implemented in some other states of India, should be implemented in Gujarat immediately.

Senior doctor and in-charge of the hospital’s blood bank, Dr MD Gajjar, was critical of the resident doctors resorting to strike to protest the incident.

“The doctors are also demanding that health minister Jay Narayan Vyas give to them in writing that the Act will be implemented in Gujarat too. This is absolutely ridiculous and is just intended to cripple the hospital,” he said.

Dr Gajjar further said that the resident doctors were told at their meeting on Saturday with principal secretary, health department, Rajesh Kishore, that a draft of the bill for Gujarat was ready and would be tabled in the assembly.

“There is a procedure for every bill to be passed. Hence the resident doctors should have waited but, unfortunately, they are not doing so,” he said, adding that if the resident doctors refuse get back to work, they will be suspended.

Strike may spread

Doctors of Vadodara and Bhavnagar are believed to have joined the strike by resident doctors of Civil Hospital. Head of the resident doctors association, Dr Hiren Rana, said that they had already submitted a memorandum about their indefinite strike to the principal health secretary during their meeting with him on Saturday morning.

“Senior doctors are just trying to break our unity and strike. We have more programmes for the strike planned for the coming days. We have appealed to doctors of other hospitals of the state to join us in the strike,” Dr Rana said.

Courtesy: DNA

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