Doctors on strike after attack by patient’s relatives

June 10th, 2009 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, June 10 (IANS) Juniors doctors at a government-run hospital in this Andhra Pradesh capital struck work Wednesday to protest an attack on them by the relatives of a pregnant woman who died while being treated.
Demanding action against those involved in the attack, doctors at the Gandhi Hospital struck work and staged a protest in front of the hospital premises.

The services in one of the biggest hospitals in the state were affected by the strike.

The state government tried to defuse the situation by promising action against those found guilty.

Relatives of a pregnant woman, who died during treatment, ransacked the labour room and attacked the doctors. Though the doctors claimed the woman died because she was anaemic, her relatives alleged she died due to doctor’s negligence.

Ravi Kumar, one of the doctors who treated the woman, said her haemoglobin count was only five percent and she was also suffering from jaundice.

He said she was brought to Gandhi Hospital after two other major hospitals refused to admit her. “We admitted her only after explaining the case to her relatives,” Kumar said.

Meanwhile, state Health Minister D. Nagender appealed to the junior doctors to immediately resume work. He assured action against those involved in the attack.

The city was rocked by a strike by junior doctors at all government hospitals last year after relatives of deceased patients attacked them in two separate incidents.

The strike had forced the state government to promulgate an ordinance providing for strict action against those involved in attacks on doctors.

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