Shabbir recounts ordeal of how striking docs ‘ignore’ his dying mom. It was hard times for many patients who visited Government hospitals in Delhi owing to striking doctors who were protesting against the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. A 70-year-old woman Shabra Begum, resident of Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi, was one such unlucky patient who was victim of neglect and died due to not getting the right treatment.
As dailies reported Begum was admitted to a hospital with swelling and pain in her abdomen and respiratory problem. But could not get treatment due to alleged strike, said her son Shabbir.
“We reached the hospital around 10.30 AM and got the OPD (Out Patient Department) card made. We were then made to run around for treatment. As my mother’s condition worsened, we took her to the emergency (ward) where nobody attended her for a long time. We were told that there were no doctors because of the strike and that she should be taken to AIIMS.
“Then finally a doctor came and gave her an injection following which she started frothing at the mouth and passed away around 12.30 PM,” said Shabbir.
However, Medical Director, LNJP hospital, Dr Deepak Tempe said no patient died because he or she was unattended as reported by PTI.
“1,691 patients were seen by doctors in OPD, while 185 patients were seen in the casualty till 4 PM. 25 patients were admitted and there were three deliveries and 13 operations out of which three were major. All these happened when most of the resident doctors were absent. That apart, 1,400 indoor patients were also looked after and provided necessary care. No patient died because he or she was unattended,” said Tempe.
Many patients had to face harrowing time as more than 22,000 resident doctors in Delhi had gone one a one-day strike demanding increase in their salaries and allowances.