Patient Death Toll Reaches 14 As Jharkhand's RIMS Hospital Staff End Strike

| June 4 , 2018 , 08:53 IST

A total of 14 patients died in 36 hours at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) in Jharkhand before the nurses and junior doctors of the institute called off their strike on Sunday. The strike had been called after an assault on one of the staff members.

According to reports, a patient identified as Geeta Devi died after a nurse gave her an injection after which the nurse was thrashed by Devi's attendants on Friday night.  

After the assault of the nurse tending to Devi, on Saturday morning nurses and junior doctors of RIMS went on strike and did not allow admission of new patients into the hospital. More than 2,000 OPD patients had to return on Saturday and Sunday without treatment.

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Even those patients already admitted were not provided medicine or treatment, resulting in the death of 14 patients. Family members of many patients admitted in RIMS shifted them to different hospitals.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Sunday took cognisance of the RIMS strike and subsequent deaths and asked Chief Secretary Sudhir Tripathy and Health Minister Ramchandra Chndrabansi to hold talks with the protesting nurses and junior doctors.

CM Das said that while everyone had the right to protest chaos would not be tolerated in the RIMS. After discussions with Chief Secretary Tripathy and Health Minister Chndrabansi, the strike was called off.

Similar protests have taken place at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) after assaults of junior doctors by attendants of patients, however, the in-patient treatment is generally not affected by the protests.