Chaos in SMHS: Doctors Face ‘Wrath’ of Enraged Attendants

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Difficult to work in such atmosphere, say protesting doctors

Srinagar: Hours after doctors and other paramedical staff called-off their strike; the resident doctors on Saturday evening ‘fled from the hospital to save their lives’ after two of their colleagues and a security man were assaulted by the attendants at the cardiology ward.

Dr. Bilal Ahmad Mir, Senior Resident General Medicine, said that a resident doctor who was treating a very ill patient at cardiology ward was beaten by some attendants.

He said the resident doctor suffered grave injury on his shoulder and has been shifted to Bone and Joint Hospital Barzulla.

Furthermore, he added that soon after a security man deployed there tried to intervene he too was beaten up. He too has suffered injury, the doctor said.

Many people attending on patients have been complaining of inadequate facilities and lack of medical care in the hospital.

“Once a patient is admitted in a hospital its doctors and para medics who should look after him. Here one has to virtually beg doctors to attend to their patients”, said an enraged attendant who identified himself as Ishtyaq Rasool.

Following the incident the doctors again struck work demanding security from what they described as frequent assaults. “We will resume work only after the authorities ensure a conducive atmosphere in the hospital. Besides, proper security should be given to us so that no one would even dare touch a doctor let alone assault him or her”, a protesting doctor said. Many even demanded that such assaults on doctor be made non-bailable offence.

They are also demanding that a minimum number of attendants be allowed in the wards to avoid such incidents.

Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, Dr. Samia Rasheed termed the incident as ‘unfortunate’.

She had yesterday supported the doctors after they began strike.

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