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Patients Die As Doctors Continue Strike in Mumbai Despite Supreme Court’s Direction: PBT Lodges Complaint To MCI For Cancellation Of License

In another overtly uncaring move for the lives of the defenseless patients, thousands of doctors in government and private hospitals across Mumbai started strike and mass casual leave bringing the entire healthcare delivery system to its knees and causing endless misery and death of at least 57 patients, according to published report. This “doctors’ strike” was initiated in demand of increased security after alleged assault on a doctor by aggrieved patient-party. PBT has long held an wavering view that doctor bashing and hospital vandalism cannot be condoned under any condition, even when there is ample evidence of gross medical negligence, because one wrong can never be the cure for another wrong. But PBT also firmly believes that doctors have no legal or moral right to go on a “strike” holding the innocent patients at ransom. Moreover, “doctors’ strike” clearly violates the MCI Code of Ethics & Regulations, 2002 and it clearly goes against the fundamental principles of the Hippocratic Oath that all doctors must take before starting to care for the ailing citizens.

In response to our PIL against doctors’ strike, Supreme Court of India passed a historic judgment on 15th November, 2014 (W.P. No. 253/2012; PBT vs. MCI & Ors.) in which the Apex Court held that strike by doctors may be deemed as “negligence” and the striking doctors are liable for disciplinary action by the medical council. In view of this categorical observations made by the SC, PBT has submitted a formal complaint with the MCI and Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) requesting them to take exemplary disciplinary action against the striking doctors failing which PBT will move the appropriate court seeking contempt against the MCI and MMC. While IMA has defended the striking doctors without caring for the loss of innocent patients’ lives, Indian medical community needs to ponder why unfortunate incidence of doctor bashing by irate crowd and “doctors’ strike” are unheard of in developed countries like UK and USA. Until the common people are provided with a truly impartial and honest platform (e.g. medical council or Commission) where they feel that they have a chance of finding justice against the errant medicos, occasional attacks on doctors/hospitals by otherwise peaceful and law-abiding citizens who lose control of their minds under acute grief after witnessing their loved dying from reckless treatment are not likely to end anytime soon.

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  • ravi March 23, 2017, 10:38 pm

    Its astonishing that u actually support violence on hospital staff on the pretext of ACUTE GRIEF FELT BY PATIENT ATTENDANTS.you cannot make doctors scapegoats for faults in system.Doctors are not going to work because there is no security.nobody can work in an insecure evironment.is every death a result of reckless treatment.IF redressal systems are faulty it is not the fault of the doctors but that of the system.I challenge you to work in conditions a junior doctor works in govt.hospital.I challange you to quit your job in USA come back to india and work in india .you are blind hatred for indian doctors will only make things worse.probably we will be seeing shift towards defensive medicine which will make things worse.

    • PBTINDIA March 24, 2017, 5:57 am

      Even after our report clearly stating that PBT does not condone doctor bashing or hospital vandalism under any condition, you have made a baseless and scornful charge that we support attacks on doctors. It only shows one thing – how ignorant and biased your own views are to favor doctors. We could have deleted your comments from the website but did not because we promote an open discussion even when someone expresses wrong-headed and overtly biased opinions.

    • Sonia March 24, 2017, 7:08 am

      And what protection is provided for PATIENTS against torture, violence, exploitation and extortion by doctors, nurses and other hospital staff, and hospital management, may I ask you, Ravi? Especially as concerns elderly patients in ICUs? Have you ever given a thought to that? Gone are the days when hospitals and their staff were driven by the idea of service to humanity, Today, private hospitals and all those working in them are by and large driven only by money and position. Greed has become an obsession, and private healthcare the most profiteering industry in India – for Indian and foreign investors too. I am writing from first-hand observation of my now-deceased father who was admitted to Columbia Asia Hospital Gurgaon.

  • ravi March 23, 2017, 10:58 pm

    VIOLENCE AGAINST DOCTORS IS NOT OCCASIONAL.IT IS A PANDEMIC.75 %DOCTORS IN A SURVEY SAID THAT THEY FACED VIOLENCE.
    your ARGUMENT “ACUTE GRIEF” IS SYNONYMOUS TO A RAPIST WHO SAYS I DID IT BECAUSE SHE WAS WEARING PROVOCATIVE CLOTHING.ON ONE HAND U CONDEMN VIOLENCE BUT AT THE SAME TIME U JUSTIFY PATIENT ATTENDANTS
    ACT.IT IS REALLY A SHAME THAT U DONT WANT TO FIGHT THE SYSTEM BUT YOU WANT TO FIGHT AGAINST JUNIOR DOCTORS.

  • Dr. S. K. Thakur March 24, 2017, 8:16 am

    Dr Ravi,
    First of all let me condemn the frequent physical attacks on the doctors by the aggrieved attendants. I have frequently faced this problem, while on emergency duty in the Dept of Surgery in Patna Medical College, while doing residency. So many times we went on strikes but at the end of the day the situation remained the same. Once the local residents entered the hostel and manhandled the doctors. Being the doctor was the only criteria of being beaten. Only next day we were able to know the reason. One patient had died in the casualty without being properly attended. No Govt can give you full security either you are on or off the duty. Only thing which ultimately will help you is how you communicate with the attendants and how well your paramedical staff are ready to help you in adverse situation. We ultimately trained our staff nicely to cover up the doctor in trouble in need physically. This was 25 yrs ago. Today I have observed that in majority of the hospitals there are no coordination between the doctors and the paramedical staff. I agree that to control the crowd in busy emergency police or guards are needed but it will only give you false sense of security. Lastly let me clarify, I am the victim of gross medical negligence and at resent fighting innumerable court cases to get closure of my case. Even to the prime accused I simply said, Thank you.

  • Parag March 25, 2017, 1:19 am

    If the law and MCI does not provide justice, then negligent Doctor’s will continue to be bashed by people. The people are doing the duty of MCI!

    My family is also a victim of medical negligence. I’ve started the petition “Medical Council of India, Lilavati Hospital: Cancel License, expel Corrupt Nephrologist Hemant Mehta, Prashant Rajput who killed my Mom” and need your help to get it off the ground.

    Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now. Here’s the link:

    http://www.change.org/p/medical-council-of-india-lilavati-hospital-cancel-license-expel-corrupt-nephrologist-hemant-mehta-prashant-rajput-who-killed-my-mom

    Thanks!
    Parag

    • Hamza Dalal March 28, 2017, 3:16 am

      Well PBTIndia u said u want to engage in healthy discussions regarding healthcare…I would like to ask you wat percentage of health care problems in India are due to negligent and under performing doctors…mind you I am speaking of MBBS doctors not the alternative specialities promoted by the Government of India…u want to know why developed countries don’t have violence…its because in developed countries doctors have to work that is suited to doctors…they are not responsible for each and every thing in the hospital…for all the negligence cases against doctors how many have u been able to prove…first understand the science of medicine and then blame negligent treatment…for all the hue and cry u do tell me one thing how many patients that file lawsuits actually follow advice in its entirety …if a doctor is negligent no doubt punish them…but that is not ur prerogative…let the law takes its course.. Striking work is not illegal just because the high court decides it…wen I last heard slavery was illegal in this country…making someone work forcefully even though there is threat to life is not only illegal but also inhumane…

  • Manjunath March 27, 2017, 7:41 am

    #spendaweekchallenge
    I’d like to challenge you to be with any resident doctor of any govt hospital for one full week, eat when and what the resident doctor eats, sleep when and where the resident doctor sleeps, be with that person that entire week and if you still feel they same rewrite the article. 1 complete week. Do you dare?? Does any one dare??

  • Abhishek March 27, 2017, 8:10 am

    U are very much biased against doctors.. May be a subconscious level the frustration that u couldn’t become one.. Be very clear every individual has the right whether he wants to work or not no one can force him he can take leave whenever he wants this was a mass leave not strike learn the legal difference between the two.. And about people dying all emergencies were functioning as usual and no one died because of absence of doctors.. There are greater evils in Healthcare than doctors.. This is a failure of govt and administration not doctors.. If u really have the guts go against and expose all the corruption at admistrative level and by politicians in hospitals.. That would truly benefit patients.. And if u still have the power get the working hours of doctors reduced from current 36hrs at a stretch to legal 8 hrs at a stretch then talk about doctor negligence..

  • Tit 4 Tat March 27, 2017, 11:12 am

    Well done PBT.
    All striking doctors must be held accountable for causing death to patients during their illegal strike.