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Doctors’ strike looms large over Delhi

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 Rohit Shishodia
It is inexplicable why hospital authorities do not back the doctors when patients' attendants assault the doctors.

Resident doctors working in Delhi government hospitals may strike work in protest against police inaction to book people who had recently attacked a resident doctor in Maharashi Valmiki hospital (MVH).

A resident doctor working in the emergency section in MVH was assaulted on November 19, 2017, over delay in treatment of a woman patient who had chest pain. Since then, the resident doctors of MVH are on indefinite strike, protesting against the police not booking those who had attacked the doctor.

Dr Vivek Chouksey, President, Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA), in a letter to Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain, has said that if the administration and police fail to take any action against the culprits, FORDA will go on strike in Delhi hospitals from November 23, 2017.

The strike by doctors in MVH has entered its fourth day.

Doctors consider themselves helpless in face of inaction by the police and administration. They say that every time they are promised and reassured about security and police action but nothing happens.

The strike in MVH for the last four days has paralyzed the medical services in the hospital, which is situated in Delhi’s outer area (Bawana). Patients are facing a tough time.

Talking about the asault on the doctor which prompted the strike, Dr Pankaj Solanki, Former President, FORDA, informed that a patient named Rajbala came with complaint of chest pain to MVH emergency ward.

“She was asked to wait for couple of minutes as doctors were counseling other patients. An attendant with Rajbala started using abusive language and made derogatory remarks against the doctor. After that they assaulted the doctor. Police was called and authorities were informed. But no one has done anything yet. We are being threatened to take back the complaint or else face action,” added Dr Solanki.

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