Treatment at the outpatient department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital was hampered seriously due to a demonstration staged by its intern doctors on Tuesday, causing immense sufferings to patients.
Talking to the daily sun on Tuesday evening, Mostafizur Rahman Mostaq, an intern doctor, said they have postponed their strike for seven days, as the DMCH authority and the health minister have taken seven-day time to fulfil their demands.
DMCH intern doctors suspended the services of outdoor department on Tuesday, demanding a safe workplace.
Besides, the doctors and employees formed a human chain on the hospital premises around 10:00am to realise their five-point demand, hospital sources said.
Such an incident took place at DMCH due to an internal feud between a BMA leader and a leader of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (Swachip), a competent source told the daily sun.
The intern doctors were divided into two groups. One group was for a leader of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) and the other group was for a leader of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad.
The hospital sources said a patient died of cardiac arrest at the DMCH on Sunday. For this incident, the relatives of the patient assaulted the physicians making allegation of doctors’ negligence and some physicians were injured by the patient’s relatives. Later, the injured physicians were admitted into DMCH.
The patient, who died of heart attack on Sunday, is a resident of a BMA leader’s village. The leader of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (Swachip) instigates the intern doctors to stage a demo and stop the outdoor services in order to embarrass the BMA leader.
The intern doctors staged this drama, disrupting the hospital bound patients.
Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (Swachip) president Dr Iqbal Arsalan told the daily sun, “We all are physicians. We are always ready to give treatment to patients and it is our moral duty.”
But guardians of the patients sometimes assault the physicians not to understand the real situation. This is very unusual for us. We should cooperate with doctors, so that they can treat the patients properly, he added.
Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad and Bangladesh Medical Association are different organisations but these two organisations have the same mission and vision to treat patients with care. But it is seen that these two organisations are spending time to establish their entity and power over the physicians. For this reason, sometimes we see unusual incident like – DMCH’s event, he said.
Responding to this issue, Director of Dhaka Medical College Hospital Brig Gen Nasir Uddin told the daily sun the intern doctors postponed their activities from 3pm on Tuesday.
“The health minister will come here today and we’ll discuss the solution to the problem permanently,” he assured.