Doctors Withdraw Strike at Old Dhaka
Thursday, 28 October 2010

Doctors at a hospital in old Dhaka have withdrawn their strike on Thursday morning, after the authorities had assured them of fulfilling their demands.

Apprentice doctors and medical officers of the city's National Medical College Hospital went on strike from Tuesday night, leaving the 300-bed hospital stranded, after relatives of a patient assaulted several doctors, the hospital authority said.

However, they resumed working from 11am on Thursday on assurance that their demands would be met, director of the hospital and also a professor of the institution, MR Azad, said.

Medical officer Palash on Wednesday told bdnews24.com that a cancer-patient arrived at the hospital on Tuesday night. Doctors referred the patient to another hospital, as the National Medical College did not have a facility for cancer-treatment.

The officer claimed the relatives forcefully had the patient admitted. Later on, the relatives and doctors locked into an altercation after the doctors refused their demands that a cancer-specialist be called in.

Subsequently the relatives attempted to take the patient away without a formal release from the hospital. When the doctors protested, at one stage, the relatives assaulted several of them.

The assaulted doctors immediately went on strike, demanding the setting up of a permanent police camp at the institution, initiating visitors cards, and filing case against the relatives.

Source: bdnews24.com

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