AIIMS doctors goes on indefinite strike over alleged assault by professor


New Delhi, April 27: Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) went on an indefinite strike demanding the immediate removal of a faculty member who allegedly assaulted a resident doctor.

The indefinite strike was held on Thursday.

The senior doctor has been identified as Dr Atul Kumar who physically assaulted a junior. The association has also demanded immediate suspension of the senior doctor.

“We’ll maintain only emergency and ICU services. The strike to continue till the doctor isn’t removed from his post,” Resident Doctors’ Association told news agency ANI.

According to media reports, the association has also sought a written apology from the doctor concerned.

In a letter to AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, the RDA alleged that the senior doctor slapped a senior resident in front of the attendees, nursing staff and colleagues and that the resident doctor was under depression and had gone home, reported NDTV.

The RDA said an atmosphere of fear existed in the department headed by the senior doctor, and that nobody protested as the chief threatened to fail the junior doctors.

The resident doctors also raised the reported misbehaviour of the senior doctor towards the female residents.

“Dear Director sir, we talk about violence against doctors by relatives of patients, but this act has caused great anguish among residents and shattered the sacred student-teacher relationship,” read the letter.

“We expect an immediate and strong action from your side so that a message goes out that doctors are not here to be beaten,” it said.

As a mark of protest against the incident, the doctors on Thursday worked wearing helmets.

In a statement released by the AIIMS, ”The incident took place on April 25 wherein a senior doctor had slapped a resident doctor in front of patients and other staff. The faculty member apologised to the resident immediately,” it said.

The statement said the resident doctor had accepted the apology.

However, the strike was called by the Resident Doctors Association on Thursday evening, following which the medical services at the premier institute were affected.

“As a consequence of this strike, all routine surgeries have been cancelled, out-patient clinics will run in a restricted manner, and all academic activity and exams are postponed indefinitely,” said the hospital administration.

AIIMS further informed that it has instituted contingency measures to take care of the admitted patients including those in the ICUs and wards.

“The Director has appealed to the RDA to call off this illegal strike in the interest of patient care,” AIIMS said in the statement.


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