Hospitals in the national Capital on Thursday saw deserted corridors, vacant lounges and empty chambers as doctors continued with their strike against assault on their colleagues in Mumbai.
AIIMS had doctors who carried on with their protest by wearing helmets at work for the second day. However, when the camera panned towards patients on the same day, pictures were horrible.
Mentally unstable Chandru Devi, 60, hardly wants to see or talk to anyone since Thursday, when her left leg got amputated. She met with an accident, sought help from three city hospitals, but in vain. Following this when her condition deteriorated, senior doctors from Lok Nayak hospital had to amputate her leg.
"Had she (Chandru) been provided the initial treatment at Delhi government's Ambedkar Hospital on her first visit, she might not have been amputated," Chandru's grandson, Deepak regretted.
He informed that the agitating doctors referred her to Deen Dayal Hospital, which in turn sent her to Lok Nayak. "She was bleeding and not a single doctor did the first aid. We were helpless," narrated Deepak. "A senior doctor at Lok Nayak Hospital operated her only after her condition got critical. But sadly she lost her leg as it was too late for the surgery and infection had spread widely by then," he said.
Chandru Devi is the only one to suffer. Gaurav Kumar, Ram Krishn were among the ones who were running from pillar to post. The harrowing picture was same at all 41 city hospitals - that includes RML, Safradjung, Lady Hardinge, Ambedkar, DDU - where doctors were not at work.
Dr Pankaj Solanki, President, FORDA, told Mail Today, "About 40,000 resident doctors of atleast 41 hospitals are on mass leave from 9am to 4pm. Only emergency services are undisturbed." Dr Rakesh Kumar Gupta, president of Delhi Medical Association told said, "Indoor patients and emergency services at hospitals will not be affected. Assault on doctors are increasing everyday and government should take necessary measures our safety."
It may be noted that the Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has around 2.7 lakh members across the country, has extended support to the strike, while the doctors associated with (DMA) have called for an Out Patient Department (OPD) bandh on Friday.
However, unfazed by the Maharashtra government's warning of suspension and cutting their pay, around 4,000 resident doctors abstained from work for the fourth day on Thursday, demanding enhanced security. The Bombay High Court stepped in to end the stir and directed the resident doctors to resume work immediately even as chief minister Devendra mooted a panel to resolve security issues in state-run hospitals.