Doctors on Strike Over Assault Issue

by VR Sreeraman on  November 18, 2006 at 5:46 PM Hospital News   - G J E 4
Doctors on Strike Over Assault Issue
New Delhi: A leading hospital here was virtually crippled Saturday as over 300 doctors went on a flash strike early Saturday following the attack on one of them by relatives of a patient who died allegedly due to negligence.

The resident doctors-the mainstay in any medical institution-struck work in the state-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital around 1 a.m. following the assault.

'Over 50 relatives of the patient stormed the emergency ward and thrashed the doctor alleging negligence. We are on strike,' said Jitendra Singla, head of the hospital's resident doctors association.

'They alleged that the patient died due to medical negligence, which is not true. We need security for ourselves,' Singla told IANS.

The strike has affected the Out-Patients Department and emergency ward of the hospital. Although senior doctors were attending to patients, the services were more or less crippled. Many of the sick were sprawled outside the hospital.

An official in the medical superintendent's office said the problem would be sorted out soon. The hospital gets more than 2,000 people every day.

Source: IANS

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