Medical services at the country’s leading hospital AIIMS in Delhi were severely affected today, as more than 500 nurses went on a strike. The nurses were protesting the death of their colleague, who allegedly died due to the negligence of doctors. They are demanding that the doctors involved should be suspended. Due to the strike, services in various wards, including the ICU and critical care units were affected. The nurses have even threatened to stop work at the emergency department if their demands are not met.
As per the details provided by a member of the nursing union, one of their colleagues, Rajbir Kaur, was admitted in AIIMS for normal delivery. However, the doctors did not take proper care of Rajbir, due to which she lost her life. First, the baby came out as still born and later Rajbir had a cardiac arrest, which resulted in her death.
Speaking on the matter, Dr Balram Airan, acting director, AIIMS said, “We cannot suspend the doctors without ascertaining whether they were at fault. We have constituted an eight-member committee, including doctors from Safdarjung and representatives from Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA).” He said that further action will be taken based on the report submitted by the committee.