Protests rock GB Panth, attendants allege ‘negligence’ 

Chaos engulfed Kashmir’s lone child care hospital, GB Panth, when doctors went on strike following altercation of some attendants with doctors. Soon after the incident medicos suspending regular work in the hospital.

On Thursday, after the death of infant, protests had rocked the hospital and attendants were alleging that the negligence by doctors resulted in the death of the new born.

Adil Ahmad, a resident of Nowgam Srinagar, says that his wife gave birth to twins and due to the negligence of doctors one among the infants died.

Soon after the incident, protestors blocked the main road outside the hospital which resulted in the disruption of traffic for hours. On Friday, protestors once again came out on the main road, resulting once again in the disruption of traffic. The police officials reached to the spot and pacified the protestors to clear the road.

The attendants alleged that from last one week at least 15 infants died due to the negligence of doctors, “they (doctors) are killing infants here,” said one of the protesting attendants.

Later, when the protestors went inside hospital complex, nasty confrontation took place between attendants and doctors, which turned ugly when police had to chase the attendants away, leading to more chaos and disruption.

After the incident, doctors went on strike for at least two hours alleging that someone among the attendants slapped a senior medico. For two hours no patient was attended, not even in the emergency section of the hospital.

Sensing the gravity of the incident, ADC, Srinagar, Principal GMC, Samia Rashid, Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr. Kanwal Jeet Singh reached the spot and tried to pacify the doctors to resume the operations in the hospital. The authorities later succeeded in pacifying the doctors who then resumed their duties.

While commenting on the issue MS, GB Panth said that “the issue has been resolved and doctors have resumed their duties,” adding that “there were some issues between the attendants and doctors that have been resolved.”

GB Panth hospital has always been in news regarding deaths of infants with officials saying that the hospital is facing huge rush which often is not possible to handle.

“There is a huge rush of patients who are referred from various district hospitals for treatment and we cannot refer them to anywhere, as this hospital is the ultimate option for them,” said Dr. Kanwal Jeet Singh, MS, GB Panth.

While commenting on the negligence accusations leveled by the attendants he said that “there is no option of negligence, these are just accusations,” he said.


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