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PMCH Junior Doctors on Strike Again

Patients leaving PMCH following strike by junior doctors on Monday.

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Patna: Going by the numbers of days passed and the past history of the last 10-15 years, it was about time the junior doctors of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) went on yet another indefinite strike following a brawl with the members of a patient's family on Monday.

{gallery}newsimages2018/sept/092418{/gallery}The incident occurred around 8:00 am when the father of a boy, a victim of a snake bite, body-slammed a junior doctor after he could not comply with his request to summon a senior doctor.

Anil Kumar, the father of 12-year old Aditya Raj and a resident of Khagaul, said that he lost his temper when the junior doctor refused to call a senior doctor after his son received no medical help throughout the night.

"The junior doctor snatched my cell phone and began abusing me when I demanded to see a real doctor and not just a trainee because it was a matter of life and death for my son. That's when I shoved him and he fell on the ground," Kumar said.

The assault on the junior doctor led to a lightning strike by the PMCH junior doctors who forced shut down services in all departments including in the operation theater where at least five major operations were scheduled in advance.

Nearly 200 patients were forced to leave the hospital and make arrangement at other healthcare facilities in the state capital as at least five patients were reported dead due to direct result of the strike.

PMCH officials, however, denied any death due to strike saying all the deceased were already in serious condition and their death had nothing to do with today's strike.

Junior doctors, however, blamed the patient's father saying he beat up Dr. Deena Nath who suffered injuries on his head and had to be admitted in the ICU.

College Principal Dr. Ajit Kumar Verma and PMCH Superintendent Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said attempts were being made to end the strike as soon as possible.

"In the event the strike spills over into Tuesday or longer, we have asked the Civil Surgeon to provide 50 doctors to ensure patients are not neglected in any department," Dr. Prasad said.

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