Mumbai's KEM resident doctors protest over assault of colleagues

Resident doctors and students of King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEM) and the Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College staged a protest in Mumbai after three of their colleagues were allegedly assaulted by angry kin of a patient who had died of dengue fever early on Friday. 

Doctors who suffered laceration and bruises due to the beating said that the relatives attacked them with iron rods and chairs after a three-year-old child succumbed to dengue in the ward.

The injured doctors were admitted to the hospital's ICU (intensive care unit) with serious, said the protesting doctor.

Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors have gone on strike at the hospital since 8 am since there was no police complaint filed even after five hours of the incident.

The incident took place early in the morning when the child suffering from acute dengue shock syndrome was brought to the hospital, apparently with non record-able pulse and high blood pressure.

Since there was no vacancy in the ICU of the hospital, treating doctors have said to inform the relative of the patient about the escalating condition of the child. "We also took high risk consent from the relatives and even though ICU bed were not available, the relatives were ready to admit he child in general ward. All necessary medications were started and we had updated the relatives about the worsening condition of the child after every half hour," said a treating doctor.

After the child succumbed to the ailment early Friday morning, four of the male relatives rushed into the ward, looking for the doctors. The ward that was guarded by female security guards of a private agency hired by the civic hospital, was deserted by the guards who allegedly ran away after witnessing the relatives.

Dr Sagar Mundada president of Central MARD informed, "Patient's relatives then took up iron stool, iron rod and wooden stick lying in the ward and attacked our three residents who were in the ward. Since there was no action taken by the administration, absence of police complaint and lack of security of the doctors which has always been one of the major concerns we have decided to go on a strike."

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