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Patients Die After “Doctors’ Strike” in Safdarjung Hospital: PBT Demands Prompt Action From Delhi Medical Council

Two patients died yesterday at the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi according to new reports after resident physicians joined a “doctors’ strike” in demand of timely salary, better accommodation and security  (see below).  While PBT can appreciate and support some of these legitimate grievances of doctors against the government, doctors cannot hold innocent patients at ransom by disrupting hospital services by going on strike.  A similar “doctors’ strike” at the Safdarjung Hospital caused needless death and injury to the patients in 2010 and in response to the complaint filed by PBT, Delhi Medical Council issued a strong warning to the striking doctors by holding, under no circumstances, doctors should resort to strike as the same puts patients care in serious jeopardy and such actions are also in violation of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002”.  A public interest litigation (PIL) was also filed last year by PBT after a nation-wide “doctors’ strike” was called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).  The Apex Court has already issued notice in this PIL which is still pending before the SC.  In view of the specific direction issued by DMC against “doctors’ strike” in 2010, PBT has filed a new appeal with the DMC seeking their immediate intervention in the ongoing and frequent strikes by doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital bringing serious risks for the hapless patients. 

News (May 16, 2013) Doctor strike

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