A 70-year-old woman at the Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi breathed her last due to lack of treatment as 15,000 resident doctors went on a strike for a whole day on Thursday.
Sapra Begum suffered from arthritis and severe respiratory issues. She was brought to the hospital at around 11 am. Due to absence of doctors she did not receive any kind of treatment and died at 12.30pm.
Her son Shabbir who brought her at the Lok Nayak hospital relayed the whole incident. He was waiting with his mother at the emergency ward but there were no doctors to be found. Later he was told about the doctor’s strike and that he should take his mother to AIIMS. Shabbir says that his mother’s condition was critical and moving would have been fatal. After more than two hours a doctor attended her. Within fifteen minutes of administering an injection, Sapra Begum expired.
Around 15,000 doctors went on a strike to protest against the recommendations of the seventh pay commission which declared the de-merger of basic salary with the nonpractice allowance (NPA). Resident doctors of Delhi and central government from LNJP, Safdarjung, Ram Mohan Lohia and other hospitals assembled at Lady Hardinge hospital and carried on protest march till Jantar Mantar.
Dr. Pankaj Solanki, president of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA), says that he had written to the government demanding the merger of NPA with the basic salary but no action has been taken to consider their demands. He also added that during their strike contingency plans have been made to take care of severe and emergency cases.