Above 300 resident doctors on strike; services crippled at Lok Nayak Hospital
New Delhi: Medical services in the Capital's prominent hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital, were left crippled on Tuesday as more than 300 resident doctors and interns went on an indefinite strike over the assault of two resident doctors at hospital premises. The strike has been called to protest against the alleged assault of two medicos by relatives of a patient, for not attending the patient properly. The Resident doctors claimed that the relatives of the patient assaulted their colleague alleging negligence during the treatment. The striking doctors are demanding additional security in view of the incident.
"This is not happening for the first time. It has become a practice here. It is the story with each and every hospital in the city. It's time the administration did something about the safety of the doctors," said a resident doctor at LNH.
Patients referred to the hospital had a harrowing time. "We were referred to this hospital. They have blocked the main gate. Forget about reaching the emergency. We do not know the city well. At least, the emergency should have been open," said the relative of a patient waiting at the hospital gates. Emergency services have also been suspended at the hospital.
Resident doctors' association (RDA) said that a senior resident was beaten up by one relative in ward-4B in the hospital premises. "When the doctor was about to leave the ward, three relatives of a patient cornered him near the lift and started beating," sources said.
RDA further said that all this happened in front of the security guards posted in the ward. This is not the first time that the resident have been beaten up by patients' relatives. Despite working beyond their working hours and putting their 100 per cent towards betterment of the patient, no positive steps have been taken by the administration to strengthen the security in our hospital. Hence, RDA has called for indefinite strike till further orders.
Doctors demanding immediate arrest of the assaulters went on a flash strike. Speaking to the Millennium Post, Dr Vivek Chouksey, president Forda, said: "The residents have sustained grievous injuries. All outdoor and indoor services have been shut, excluding emergency services. Tomorrow onwards, emergency services will also be shut down."
"All the HoDs are therefore informed to make arrangement to run the OPD and indoor services as usual while elective OT services will remain suspended till further orders, said a circular from LNH Director office.