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Assault on 2 doctors: Strike at Delhi's LNJP hospital

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 Rohit Shishodia
If an institutional FIR is not registered against those who assaulted two doctors, resident doctors across Delhi will stop work.

Healthcare services at Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital came to grinding halt on February 27, 2018, as around 300 resident doctors proceeded on strike in protest against an assault by attendants of a lady patient on two doctors deputed in the surgery department.

The strike continues on February 28, 2018, with effort being made to end it, even as the Resident Doctors' Association of the hospital is seeking police action against the accused.

The doctors were assaulted by the kin of lady patient who suffered from abdominal pain.

The doctors said that they had asked the patient to go to the medicine department where the treatment was to be done for abdominal pain. This did not go down well with the patient as she called her relatives who first argued with the doctors, started misbehaving and then assaulted both doctors. One of the doctors suffered a wrist injury.

Infuriated by the assault on their colleagues, the junior and senior resident doctors have ceased OPD and surgery related work. The agitated doctors said that they will remain on strike unless an institutional FIR is registered.

Dr Ashish Kale, General Secretary of the Resident Doctors Association, Maulana Azad Medical College, which is attached to LNJP hospital, told DTMT that doctors just informed the patient to go to the medicine ward, but she, along with around 12 attendants, shouted at the doctors and assaulted them.

Dr Kale said that CCTV cameras in the hospital are not working properly. “Now, all the OPD services have been shut down while surgeries too have been postponed. We will not resume work unless an institutional FIR is registered,” added Dr Kale.

Dr Vivek Chouksey, President, FORDA-India informed that if the demands made by resident doctors of MAMC are not met within 48 hours, resident doctors will stop work across Delhi.

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