DOC­TORS STRIKE WORK Cop sus­pended, hospi­tal brings in paramedics to help fill gap

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Emer­gency ser­vices at the Saf­dar­jung Hospi­tal were hit af­ter res­i­dent doc­tors at the Saf­dar­jung Hospi­tal went on strike on Sun­day fol­low­ing the as­sault.

Emer­gency ser­vices at the Saf­dar­jung Hospi­tal were hit af­ter res­i­dent doc­tors at the hospi­tal went on strike on Sun­day fol­low­ing an as­sault on a doc­tor by a pa­tient who hap­pens to be son of a Delhi Po­lice head con­sta­ble.

Po­lice have reg­is­tered a case and are prob­ing the mat­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, 24-yearold Ak­shey Ku­mar ar­rived at the ER-3 ward of the hospi­tal at around 7am and com­plained of ab­dom­i­nal pain.

By this time, Ku­mar’s fa­ther Viren­der, a Delhi Po­lice head con­sta­ble posted at Saf­dar­jung po­lice sta­tion, called up the duty con­sta­ble Vinod at the hospi­tal in­form­ing him that his son would be com­ing there for treat­ment.

Dur­ing treat­ment, Ku­mar al­legedly abused the at­tend­ing ju­nior res­i­dent doc­tor 28-year-old Ravin­der Nath Thakur. Doc­tors al­leged that the po­lice con­sta­bles on duty at the hospi­tal “backed” the at­tack­ers.

“Fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment, Ku­mar as­saulted the doc­tor,” said deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (south­west) Deven­der Arya. “The doc­tor suf­fered in­juries to his nose, and hospi­tal se­cu­rity in­ter­vened to con­trol Ku­mar. The po­lice was in­formed and the doc­tor was treated at the hospi­tal. We have reg­is­tered a case of as­sault against the man and they have been asked to join for the probe.”

How­ever, till late Sun­day evening, nei­ther of the two men re­ported to the po­lice. The DCP said the po­lice were work­ing to ar­rest Ku­mar for the al­leged as­sault. “We are also check­ing the CCTV footages from the hospi­tal to es­tab­lish the se­quence of in­ci­dents,” the DCP said.

At the hospi­tal, he was ac­com­pa­nied by his friend Ra­jesh. Po­lice are yet to es­tab­lish whether Ra­jesh too was in­volved in the al­leged as­sault.

Vinod as well as Viren­der have been sus­pended pend­ing en­quiry.

Sun­day’s strike af­fected emer­gency ser­vices in the hospi­tal, in­clud­ing wards, in­ten­sive care units and op­er­a­tion the­atres.

With the strike likely to af­fect ser­vices on Mon­day as well, hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion has put fac­ulty and paramed­i­cal staff on duty to han­dle the rush of pa­tients that is the hospi­tal likely to wit­ness with the out-pa­tient de­part­ments (OPDS) open for con­sul­ta­tion.

The res­i­dent doc­tors wrote a for­mal com­plaint to the hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion, re­quest­ing them to lodge an in­sti­tu­tional FIR in the in­ci­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint, “the cul­prits had back­ing from the po­lice con­sta­ble on duty, who showed bias on duty and clearly favoured the cul­prits… the cul­prits had po­lice con­sta­ble’s duty wooden stick (lathi) while they were as­sault­ing the doc­tors…”

“We in­tend to con­tinue the strike as doc­tors need to get a safe work en­vi­ron­ment. The guards didn’t come on time and the duty doc­tor was badly beaten ,” said Dr Prakash Thakur, pres­i­dent, res­i­dent doc­tors as­so­ci­a­tion.

Doc­tors want the hospi­tal to lodge an in­sti­tu­tional FIR. n

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