Emergency services at the Safdarjung hospital remained affected on Monday as resident doctors stayed away from work for the second consecutive day demanding security be increased on the medical institution's premises after one of their colleagues was allegedly manhandled.
On Monday, an 18-year-year accident victim, who was admitted to the hospital's emergency section on Saturday, succumbed to injuries with his family alleging that he had not received proper treatment because of the strike. He was referred to Safdarjung from a hospital in Gurgaon.
"We also requested that our brother be referred to another hospital but nothing was done and he died today morning," the elder brother of the deceased said.
In another instance, a family alleged that a 20-year-old woman died after not getting treatment on time.
However, a member of the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) refrained from commenting whether their was any connection between the deaths and the strike.
"The deaths are unfortunate. Senior doctors are attending the patients at the emergency ward. The incidents of doctors being assaulted at work have become quite frequent and there is a need to beef up security and also deploy marshals at the hospital premises for their safety," the association's Safdarjung hospital president Dr Prakash Thakur said.
On Sunday, around 1,600 doctors went on strike over the alleged manhandling of their colleague.
Virendra is posted as a head constable at the Safdarjung Enclave police station, police said
According to a senior police officer, an argument broke out between Akshay and the doctor on-duty after the head constable's son alleged that he was not being given priority and there was subsequent delay in treatment
Enraged, Akshay punched the doctor, who suffered injuries to his nose. The accused fled from the hospital after the incident, he said.
A member of RDA had claimed that the doctor on emergency duty had tried to relieve the patient of his pain, but the pain did not subside.
"While the resident doctor on duty was filling up a form so that the patient could undergo an ultrasound, the latter started hurling abuses," a senior doctor said.
The doctor on duty fell unconscious after he was attacked and suffered a broken nose, he said.
An FIR was lodged in the matter and the role of duty constable Vinod in instigating the Akshay) is also being probed.
The head constable and constable on duty were sent to District Lines on Sunday by the police department.
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