Published: 27th April 2018
AIIMS resident doctors go on strike after colleague slapped by senior doc
The doctors have demanded suspension of the senior doctor. They have also requested the authorities to not allow the doctor in question to take their thesis and conduct any verbal or written exams
Resident doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have declared an indefinite strike after one of their colleagues was assaulted by a senior doctor.
In a statement, the AIIMS said the incident in question took place on Wednesday, following which the senior doctor apologised to his junior.
The doctors have demanded immediate suspension of the senior doctor, who also heads a department at the premier institute. The Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) has also urged that the doctor in question should not be allowed to take in thesis candidates and conduct any kind of verbal or written examination.
As a mark of protest, the doctors on Thursday worked wearing helmets. They also sought a written apology from the senior doctor concerned. In a letter to AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, the RDA alleged that the senior doctor slapped a senior resident in front of attendees, nursing staff and colleagues, and that the resident doctor was under depression and had gone home.
The RDA said an atmosphere of fear existed in the department headed by the senior doctor, and that nobody protested as the chief threatened to fail the junior doctors. The resident doctors also raised the reported misbehaviour of the senior doctor towards the female residents.
"Dear Director sir, we talk about violence against doctors by relatives of patients, but this act has caused great anguish among residents and shattered the sacred student-teacher relationship," read the letter.
"We expect an immediate and strong action from your side so that a message goes out that doctors are not here to be beaten," it said. "On 25th April, an incident was reported wherein a faculty member had slapped a resident doctor in the AIIMS hospital. The faculty member apologised to the resident immediately," the statement said, adding the resident doctor had accepted the apology.
The AIIMS director had also instituted a five-member committee to be chaired by the Dean-Research to enquire into the incident.
However, the strike was called by the Resident Doctors Association yesterday evening, following which the medical services at the premier institute were affected.
In the wake of the strike, the hospital has instituted contingency measures to take care of the admitted patients, including those in the ICUs and wards.
The director has appealed the RDA to call off the strike in the interest of patient care.