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Resident doctors’ strike enters second day

New Delhi:The strike by resident doctors, protesting against the assault on a colleague by allegedly the relatives of a patient, in West Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) hospital entered its second day today.

The strike affected the services in the hospital, including the emeregency which is being run by a few senior doctors with help of skeletal staff.

Resident doctors of some other Delhi government hospitals today extended support to the protest by observing a “token strike” in their respective hospitals.

The resident doctors yesterday went on an indefinite strike after one of their colleagues and hospital guards were allegedly assaulted by the relatives of a patient on Sunday.

Three persons have been arrested in the case and it was found that one of the accused had served as a guard in the hospital before. He alleged that his wife was not attended by the doctors in time.

The strike affected the services in the hospital as the out-patient department (OPD) remained shut and 40 routine surgeries were cancelled yesterday.

The protest by doctors comes barely two weeks after resident doctors in Maharashtra went on strike to protest against a series of assaults on doctors.

President of the resident doctors’ association at DDU hospital, Sumit Paria said the incident occurred around 11 PM on Sunday when a woman came to the emergency with complaints of abdomen pain.

“She was given primary treatment and was sent to the labour room for examination. As it was taking some time, the relatives of the patient demanded the doctors examine their patient first.

“They then suddenly started abusing the doctors and even assaulted the senior resident doctor on duty,” Paria said.

According to Paria, the group of people appeared after a few minutes and started beating the guards standing in front of the emergency door.

When the senior resident doctor intervened, he too was beaten up.

“Other female doctors in the emergency department locked themselves in toilets and the room of chief medical officer.

The door to the CO office was broken down by the relatives.

We do not know the cause of the assault as the pregnant woman they were with had already been sent to the labour room,” he added.

The protesting doctors are demanding enhanced security at the hospital premises.

“Their representation has been forwarded to the Health Secretary. The patient was attended and her problems were solve. So the reason for such an aggression is not known,” Dr A K Mehta, the medical superintendent of the hospital said.

Dr Sanjay, CMO, DDU Hospital had given a written complaint wherein he alleged that the attendants of the patient Pooja attacked and physically assaulted special security guard Vikram Chauhan and a senior doctor Shashank Srivastav while on duty.

The accused had also damaged property.

A case was registered at Hari Nagar police station and three accused Amresh Kumar, Mukesh and Nirmal Kumar were arrested and sent to judicial custody.

Amresh had worked as a guard at the hospital and he claimed that his wife was not attended to properly.

—PTI