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Youth stares at loss of leg as R G Kar denies emergency treatment

Youth stares at loss of leg as R G Kar denies emergency treatment
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Kolkata: A youth from Habra in North 24-Parganas who requires an emergency surgery in one of his legs after sustaining critical injuries during a road accident, has allegedly been denied treatment at R G Kar Medical College and Hospital, due to the ongoing strike by junior doctors.

The family members of the patient are keeping their fingers crossed and urging the doctors to provide emergency treatment. They are also apprehending that a prolonged delay in the surgery may lead to the loss of the injured leg.

It has been learnt that the victim, Joydeb Saha, a resident of Habra, met with a road accident while riding his motorcycle on June 8 and suffered critical injuries in both of his legs. The victim was taken to the emergency ward of R G Kar Medical College and Hospital on the same day. After examining the patient, the doctors at the hospital said that a titanium plate has to be placed in one of his legs and fixed June 12 as the date of operation. However, the patient was denied surgery on June 12 due to the ceasework of junior doctors.

A family member of the victim said that the senior doctors told them that there was a scarcity of doctors and as a result the patient has to wait for the next few days. "How long should I wait for an emergency surgery? He is the only bread earner for his family and could lose his leg if he is not paid immediate attention. I urge the junior doctors on strike to call off their agitation so that the surgery can be performed on an immediate basis," a relative of the patient said.

It may be here mentioned here that the unyielding mentality of junior doctors to resume health services at various government-run medical colleges and hospitals has already claimed the lives of five patients in the last few days, including two newborn infants. The ceasework by the junior doctors at various hospitals including NRS Medical College and Hospital entered its sixth day on Sunday.

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