Dozens of residents of Saifabad on Saturday staged a protest demonstration in front of the Allied Hospital’s emergency ward following the death of a patient.
The protestors also damaged some of the furniture at the ward.
They accused doctors and paramedics of negligence leading to the woman’s death and demanded immediate action against them.
Muhammad Sarwar, the husband of the deceased, told the media, his wife had suffered a stroke. “I requested the doctors to give her immediate attention but they ignored me.”
“Three hours later, a nurse gave her a drip…after another one and half hour, I was advised an MRI scan,” he said.
He said she died on her way for an MRI scan.
“She died because of doctors’ negligence and slowness,” he said.
The protest ended when Civil Lines SHO assured the protestors of action in accordance with law.
Allied Hospital Medical Superintendent Rashid Maqbool said Shakeela’s condition was already critical when she was brought to the hospital. “She should have been brought earlier,” he said.
“The doctors and paramedics are not negligent or lazy…They provide prompt treatment in the emergency ward as well as other wards of the hospital,” he said.
Maqbool said an inquiry would be initiated nonetheless.
“Strict action will be taken against the doctors and paramedics involved if they are found responsible for a patient’s death,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2013.