Flash Strike: Exchange of a dead body leads to attack in Gandhi hospital

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Striking Gandhi hospital staff - File photo for representation purpose only.

The junior doctors at Gandhi hospital went on a flash strike protesting against an attack on one of their colleagues by the relatives of a coronavirus patient who died at the hospital.

The attack took place when the relatives of the dead patient identified as Surender from Secunderabad found that the dead body which was brought to the funeral ground by the hospital staff was not of him but somebody else’s. The relatives on their return to the hospital found Surender’s body lying in the mortuary. Angered at the exchange of dead body, they entered into an argument with the staff on duty resulting in the attack.

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The doctors and the staff at the hospital went on a flash strike last night protesting the incident. They did not relent and continued to boycott work today and squatted on the road while raising slogans ‘we want justice’ demanding protection and action against the culprits.

The doctors even refused an invitation to the state secretariat for talks by the state health minister Eatala Rajender, following which, the minister himself arrived at the hospital in the afternoon to meet the agitating doctors.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar said the police, immediately after the incident, arrested two people for the alleged assault on the doctors at the hospital.

However, the president of resident doctors association G Srinivas said that the patient was asked not to leave the bed because he was suffering from hypertension and was on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. “But the patient went to the washroom, where he collapsed and died. When the doctors informed the attendants of the patient, they got agitated and attacked a medico with a stool and an iron stand,” Srinivas told reporters.

The doctors also demanded deployment of a special protection force in the hospital and shift some of the Covid patients to other hospitals to relieve pressure from Gandhi Hospital, which, they claimed, didn’t have sufficient infrastructure and Personal Protection Equipments (PPE) to all the staff members. Their other demands include Their other demands include recruitment of additional manpower, namely specialists, broad speciality doctors, nursing staff, paramedical staff, ward boys, patient care providers and others on a permanent basis.