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Anti-quota stir claims first victim in Uttar Pradesh

The victim, identified as Jaideep Pandey, was admitted in the nephrology department's post-operative unit.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 01:31 IST

The anti-reservation movement has claimed its first victim in Uttar Pradesh, where a kidney transplant patient died shortly after being discharged from the strike-affected Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow.

The victim, identified as Jaideep Pandey, was admitted in the nephrology department's post-operative unit of this super-speciality medical centre after the transplant. He was discharged on Wednesday due to the indefinite strike by the 160-odd resident doctors of the institute.

Pandey's family rushed him to a private nursing home where he failed to survive due to the absence of adequate life-support systems.

The death of the patient came to light only on Friday.

Authorities at the institute, however, denied any knowledge of Pandey's death.

"His family was in touch with me till Tuesday, but they never told me that they were being discharged otherwise I would have made necessary arrangement for them. After all, we are still looking after each of the critical patients," said RK Sharma, head of the nephrology department.

Resident doctors protesting against the central government's move to extend reservations to other backward castes in educational institutions of higher learning, however, blamed it all on "official apathy".

"Had the government been reasonable in giving a thought to the issues raised by us, such a tragedy could have been avoided," said Amit Goel, president of Resident Doctors Association.

"The government's threat to invoke the provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act and take punitive action against us has failed to have any impact and we are prepared to face any music," Goel said.

Meanwhile, trouble continued in Varanasi, Meerut, Allahabad and Kanpur medical colleges too as agitating resident doctors refused to relent. Other than essential services, including critical care, most hospital services remained baldy affected in these hospitals for the seventh day.

First Published: May 27, 2006 01:31 IST