Patna, Nov 17: At least 13 patients died as over 500 junior doctors at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) here went on a strike to protest an assault by a deceased patient’s attendants, hospital officials said on Friday.
“Thirteen critical patients died due to lack of treatment after the doctors went on strike on Thursday night, which also hit Emergency and Out Patient Department services,” an official asserted.
“So far, 36 surgeries have been deferred and dozens of patients refused admission”, he added.
Officials stated patients and their attendants were at loss as to whom to turn to for treatment.
“Dozens of patients, battling for life, have been forced to shift to private hospitals and nursing homes by their families.”
The junior doctors are demanding adequate security and action against attendants of the patient who attacked their colleagues after his death soon. It is the third assault incident at PMCH in two months.
A senior PMCH doctor admitted that nurses are back to their work.
PMCH Acting Principal V.K. Gupta asserted that some of senior doctors have been allotted duties in the Emergency Ward.
Following the incident, Health Minister Mangal Pandey has called the striking doctors for talks on Friday afternoon.