NEW DELHI – Hundreds of patients were affected on Wednesday by an indefinite doctors’ strike at a hospital in the eastern Indian state of Bengal that was called in response to a mob attack on their colleagues after the death of an elderly person.
The family of the person who died has accused staff of negligence, which culminated in the mob attack on Monday followed by a strike of some 250 doctors at the NRS Medical College and Hospital of Kolkata, one of the medics involved told EFE on the condition of anonymity.
The source said the strike, which would go on for “some more days,” sought to secure better security at hospitals, a larger police presence at these centers and an official government document guaranteeing that such attacks cannot happen again.
Furthermore, those striking are calling for the arrests of all those involved in Monday’s attack, given that there had been between 50-70 people, and of whom only four have been detained.
On Monday, a family blamed workers at the hospital after an 85-year-old patient with a terminal illness died, while the health center said its staff had done everything possible to save his life.
According to Riya Mukherjee, a medical student who had joined the strike, a truckload of people arrived at the hospital, where they threw stones at medical personnel.
As a consequence of the attack, two trainee doctors are in critical condition, although they are making a recovery. The most seriously injured sustained a head injury.
Attacks on medical staff are relatively common in India, where relatives of patients sometimes blame hospitals for the deaths of loved ones.