PMCH Hit again by Junior Doctors' Strike; At least One Related Death

Mother of a 15-year old crying after her daughter dies at the PMCH in the lack of medical care due to ongoing junior doctors' strike on Monday.

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Patna: At least one child was dead due to lack of medical care at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) on Monday after junior doctors of the hospital, following a clash with the family members of a patient and the police lathi charge that later ensued, went on an indefinite strike on late Sunday evening.

With the entire hospital in a state of disarray, patients were seen fleeing the facility in large numbers though their plight remained unchanged due to similar strike at other hospitals in Bihar including Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), Anugrah Narayan Medical College in Gaya, Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital in Darbhanga in support of the junior doctors at the PMCH.

Demanding full security at the PMCH and resignation of the college Principal Dr. S N Sinha, the junior doctors refrained from attending their duties creating a panic among the patients and their family members.

As reported, following the drowning death of one Suman Saurav, an engineer from Begusarai, at Patna's Kali Ghat, his family members assaulted junior doctors on duty on Sunday night. After being roughed up by the rowdy family members, junior doctors took the matter in their own hand and launched their own assault on the perpetrator.

Soon police got involved and lathi charge ensued in which several doctors and nurses were reportedly injured.

More than a dozen people, including many junior doctors, were taken into custody.

Early talks between the striking junior doctors and hospital management failed to reach an agreement. Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav, who was recently spotted frolicking with his friends at Patna's Water Park, did not go to the hospital to measure the situation.

Officials said a 15-year old girl with head trauma died at the PMCH in the lack of medical care.

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