AIIMS in Chaos: Nurses on strike, Doctors Suspended, RDA threatening strike
NEW DELHI: Chaos seems to have ensued at the country's premier medical institution, AIIMS following the unfortunate demise of Rajbir Kaur, 28, a nursing officer with AIIMS' medicine department.
The nurse had been admitted to AIIMS for a normal delivery on January 16. Hours before the delivery, doctors found that the heart beat of the fetus was slow, thus immediately taking the patient for an emergency cesarean. Family members of the nurse alleged that the anesthetist arrived late, delaying the surgery, reports TOI.
The nurse suffered a cardiac arrest during the surgery, leading to more complications. Doctors were able to revive her and she was placed on ventillator thereafter. It is reported that the baby was stillborn. Further, three weeks after battling for her life, the nurse finally succumbed on Saturday.
Nurses on Strike
Following the death of their colleague, Over 500 nurses of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here went on strike on Sunday, alleging medical negligence on the part of the doctors, and demanding immediate action from the authorities.
"The doctors did not monitor Kaur's condition properly which led to delayed diagnosis of slow heartbeat and necessitated emergency caesarean section," said a nursing staffer protesting outside the director's office told TOI. She claimed that many nurses who were on leave had come from home to join the protests.
5 Doctors Suspended
The decision was denounced by the Resident Doctors Association, which demanded that it be rolled back or they would go on a strike.
AIIMS RDA threatens Strike
In a letter to the AIIMS Director, RDA officials said the five doctors, who were on the duty in the operation theatre, had decided to perform a cesarean surgery on the nurse, Rajbir Kaur, as there were some complications. The nurse suffered a cardiac arrest during the surgery, leading to more complications. But without taking this into consideration, the administration put them under suspension, a senior RDA official said.
"The RDA strongly condemns this action and urges the administration to withdraw the suspension order immediately, failing which the resident doctors will be forced to withdraw all patient care with immediate effect," the letter said.
" While we extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and all near and dear ones of the departed Soul, Ms Rajbir Kaur, we strongly condemn the knee jerk reactions by the AIIMS authorities. It is appalling that the AIIMS administration under the coercion of AIIMS Nursing union, ordered the suspension of 5 resident doctors, even in absence of report of the inquiry committee. The doctors have been held guilty without trial RDA AIIMS strongly condemns this action. We have urged the authorities to withdraw the suspension order immediately, failing which the resident doctors will be forced to withhold all patient care with immediate effect." state AIIMS RDA President, Dr Vijay Gurjar