Strike at Delhi’s Lady Hardinge Medical College, emergency services also likely to be affected

Resident doctors at Lady Harding Medical College began a strike Thursday, withdrawing from routine emergency services as well as emergency services from 9 a.m. onwards. This comes after doctors on duty at Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital were assaulted by the relatives of two five-month-old twins who died in the hospital within days of each other.

Doctors required an Institutional First Information Report (FIR) – whereby an individual doctor who was assaulted does not have to appear in person for all legal proceedings – with a case registered under the Delhi Medical Services Act to Prevent Violence and Damage to Property. . Doctors demanded that guards be dispatched to high-risk or high-risk areas of the hospital and the formation of a rapid response team. They also demanded, in a letter to the director, that a strict one-patient and one-relative hospital policy should be followed.

“Such brutal attacks and inhumane behavior with lifeguards is unacceptable,” the doctors said in a letter to their medical director.

“#Doctors attacked while working at Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital (LHMCDelhi) in #NewDelhi! FORDA strongly condemns the incident, #FORDA is calling for strict action against the perpetrators. #CentralDoctorProtectionAct is the need of the hour!!” the Resident Doctors Association said on Twitter.

With violence against doctors leading to strikes across hospitals from time to time, and numerous unrest nationally as well, the center considered implementing a central protection law with provisions to punish people who assault doctors or health professionals while on duty. A draft drawn up in consultation with several boards of resident physicians proposed a sentence of 10 years imprisonment or a fine of Rs 10,000 for seriously wounding an on-duty doctor.

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