Doctors worried about security at PIMS Hospital Islamabad

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After recent incidents of violence by the families of the ill on young doctors at PIMS Hospital, they have decided to go on strike. At the same time members of the Doctor’s Association (federal) have stated that the intentions of going on a strike are invalid as such a decision will put several patients’ lives at stake. It is evident that during the current month a 60 year old woman passed away causing the family to resort to violence on the doctors present. The security team at PIMS Hospital have therefore lodged a complaint regarding the incident.

Professor Mehmood Jamal, the acting chief of Pims, told the media that Abida, 60 and a resident of Sector I-9, was badly injured in a road accident near Sabzi Mandi and was brought to Pims by Rescue 1122 at around 5:30 pm.

“At that time there was no attendant with her, they came in at 5:45 pm,” he claimed.

Zahid, a call operator at Rescue 1122 Islamabad and Waqas at Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi said that neither ambulance service had taken any injured woman to Pims on Sunday. Family sources claimed that the victims children brought her to the hospital.

Meanwhile, Prof Jamal said that Abida had suffered from head and chest injuries and was immediately taken to the resuscitation room, where a team of senior doctors made all efforts to save her life.

He further said a breathing tube was inserted, a CT scan and X-rays were performed, and an ECG was about to be taken when she died.

“During her treatment, the doctors kept telling her attendants that she was in critical condition,” he said.

Prof Jamal said that after Abida’s death, one of her daughters immediately screamed, “Doctors have killed her,” after which three to four men entered the emergency department and started beating up the doctors.

They beat the doctors with the metal stands used to hang drips and injured Dr Rashid, a junior doctor who is currently admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU), he said.

He further said that the body of the women was handed over to her relatives after 7pm, but one of her daughters is still admitted in the neurosurgical ward.

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