About 300 junior doctors of Madhya Pradesh’s Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital (MYH) have threatened to boycott OPDs on Tuesday in protest against the beating of their colleague by a patient’s kin on Monday.
The hospital is a premier medical institution of Indore, where nearly 5,000 patients are treated in the OPDs daily.
The junior doctors’ boycott will affect OPD functioning from 8 am to 2 pm, which may deprive many patients of health services on Tuesday.
The boycott call was given by the Junior Doctors' Association (JUDA) after a relative of a deceased patient beat up junior doctor Rajan Ahirwar on ICU duty on Monday.
The patient, Mohan Nahar, resident of Samajwad Nagar, was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) on the fifth floor in a critical alcohol condition at around 11 pm on Sunday. But, he died of his illness on Monday.
Soon one of his attendants, Arjun started beating up Dr Ahirwar, blaming the hospital for negligence which he alleged had caused the patient’s death.
However, the hospital staff and the doctor’s colleagues managed to rescue him. Finding the police on the campus, Arjun tried to flee. But, after he was arrested the doctors allowed the family to take the patient’s body.
However, the junior doctors stopped work from 11 am to 2 pm in the hospital and pressed for lodging an FIR against the patient’s kin. Later JUDA president Dr Mohit Naredi gave the OPD boycott call.