At least three junior resident doctors were assaulted by a patient’s attendant at Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital on Thursday, leading to protests and strike at work by doctors.
The doctors claimed that the attackers, kin of a three-year-old child suffering from encephalitis who died during treatment, were armed with iron rods.
“The mother of the victim bit the doctor on duty while the rest of the crowd, nearly 20 of them, chased others. The doctors’ duty room, where some residents were sitting, was also broken into,” Dr Vivek Chauksey, president of the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) at Lady Hardinge Medical College of which Kalawati Saran is a part, claimed. He added that residents would not join work until the attackers were put behind bars.
The child was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday in a critical condition. “We did our best to save her,” a doctor claimed. But the family alleged that the child could have been saved had she been given proper care.
This wasn’t the first time attendants clashed with doctors at a city hospital. On July 3, relatives of a patient who died of severe wounds sustained in a road accident had damaged the casualty wing of Ambedkar hospital in Rohini. They had also chased the doctors and security staff.
Last month, relatives of an infant who died during treatment at Chacha Nehru Baal Chikitsalaya in east Delhi were seen on camera beating up doctors inside the critical care unit. “We cannot work in such an environment. The hospitals must provide us security so that we don’t get beaten up by the patients we treat or their attendants,” said a senior doctor.