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Indefinite strike at Sajdarjung Hospital after doctor manhandled by 'cop's son'

Indefinite strike at Sajdarjung Hospital after doctor manhandled by cops son

New Delhi: Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi refused to attend to patients in the emergency ward on Sunday alleging one of their colleagues was manhandled by a Delhi Police head constable's son who had come for treatment. Following the assault incident, Resident Doctors Association called for an indefinite strike until the security is beefed up in the hospital premises.

According to police, son of Head Constable Vinod, who is posted at Safdarjung Enclave police station, Akshay Kumar (24), was taken to the hospital on Sunday morning after he complained of abdominal pain.

An argument broke out between Akshay and the doctor on duty over the former allegedly not being given priority and subsequent delay in treatment, a senior police officer said.

Enraged, Akshay punched the doctor, who sustained injuries on his nose. The accused fled from the hospital soon after the incident, he said.

A member of Resident Doctors Association (RDA) said the doctor on emergency duty tried to relieve the patient's pain but it did not subside. "While the resident doctor on duty was filling up a form so that the patient could undergo an ultrasound, the latter started hurling abuses," a senior doctor said.

The doctor on duty fell unconscious after he was attacked and suffered a broken nose, he said. "The resident doctor is under observation. We have lodged an FIR in the case," he added.

Police said Head Constable Vijay and constable on duty, who was also present at the time of incident, have been transferred to District Lines. An enquiry has been ordered into the incident and the role of duty constable in instigating the accused is also being probed, the police said.

Meanwhile, patients coming to Safdarjung Hospital faced a tough time. The faculty and the paramedical staff managed the Emergency at the state-run hospital on Sunday.

The resident doctors held a protest and demanded that security at the hospital premises should be beefed up. "The strike shall be called off only after the deployment of 15 marshals per shift totaling to 60 marshals including female marshals along with 200 guards in NEB," said Dr Prakash Thakur,

President, RDA.

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