PMCH Junior Doctor Strike Day 2 – 16 Reported Dead

Desolate look of PMCH on Friday.

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Patna: A day after Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) junior doctors went on strike following a clash with a patient's family, at least 16 patients were said to have died in the past 24 hours due to the lack of medical care in what once was known as the best hospital east of England.

With more and more patients leaving the hospital for alternative medical facilities, the entire functioning of the hospital came to a screeching halt on Friday as junior doctors remained adamant on their demand for much tighter security in the campus despite appeal by the government to resume duty for the sake of sick people.

As reported earlier, a patient suffering from dengue who was brought to the hospital yesterday. The doctors declared him dead on arrival but the family members insisted the patient was alive when he was brought in and died later due to the negligence of the hospital staff.

This led to a clash between more than two dozen family members of the deceased, junior doctors and other hospital staff following which the junior doctors went on a lightning strike saying they won't return to their duties until complete, round-the-clock security was provided to them.

Leader of the Junior Doctors Association (JDA) Vinay Kumar said that such incidents were quite common at the hospital putting the lives of the doctors in extreme danger.

"Each time something like this happens, it is us who become the soft target for the perpetrators. We have repeatedly asked for security inside the hospital but our requests have been turned down each time. Now until we get full security in the hospital campus, we will not return to work," he said.

Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, while siding with the junior doctors, has appealed to them to return to work in the name of humanity but so far there does not seem to be a breakthrough in the ongoing stalemate.

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