Safdarjung doctors go on strike, withdraw it within hours

Last Updated: Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 20:57

New Delhi: Nearly 1200 resident doctors
Sunday went on a flash strike at the Safdarjung Hospital here
after their colleague was allegedly thrashed by relatives of a
patient, but ended their stir after authorities assured them of
adequate security measures.

The strike call was given by the resident doctors
association after a doctor, a nurse and a hospital guard were
beaten up by the relatives of a patient named Prabhu who died
at the hospital last afternoon. He was admitted on Friday
with jaundice and low haemoglobin level.

"The patient`s relatives beat up one of our nurses, a
resident doctor and a guard. They held the doctor responsible
for the death of the patient," Dr Chandrabhan, president of
the Resident Doctors Association said.

Claiming that such an incident had not happened for the
first time, the doctors had threatened to continue their
strike till the issues of security arrangements and safety of
the doctors and nurses was "permanently taken care of".

However, Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Doctor N
K Mohanty later said that the doctors had ended their strike
at 3.00 pm.

"Nearly 1,200 resident doctors, including MBBS
students, are back on work. The security of the hospital and
the doctors could be handed over to ex-servicemen," he said.

Since there was no OPD today, services were only
partially affected, hospital sources said.

Earlier in June, junior doctors, including
postgraduate students, interns and junior residents of the
hospital had been on strike for two days to protest against
alleged lack of basic facilities.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 20:57

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