Patient dies at PIMS as doctors continue protest

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Patient dies at PIMS Hospital in Islamabad after being refused treatment

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A patient has died at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on Tuesday as he did not receive the required treatment due to the ongoing strike.

The 27-year-old Umar Aftab was brought to the hospital on Monday morning as he was suffering from blood clotting, but the doctors refused to tend to him due to the strike.

After being refused treatment, they went back. The patient was brought to the hospital again at night after he lost consciousness, but doctors in the emergency ward declared him as dead, the patient’s mother and uncle claimed.

“Umer was neither examined at emergency nor in the examined at the Outdoor Patient Department (OPD), a relative of the patient told media.

However, hospital records claimed the patient was already dead when he was brought to the hospital.

According to the relatives of the deceased, he did not get any treatment at the hospital because the doctors and paramedics staff were busy in their strike which has now entered its 16th day.

The patient was the sole breadwinner of his family. He has left behinds his mother and two sisters, according to Express Tribune report.

The hospital has constituted a four-member inquiry committee to investigate claims of negligence with directions to present a report within 24 hours.

Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Akram said they will determine who was responsible for the incident and they will be brought to justice.

The strike has been going on since October 2. The medical and non-medical staff of PIMS have been boycotting their duties at the outpatient departments and laboratories for over two weeks, demanding a separation of the hospital from SZABMU.



Salma Khan
Salma writes on topics ranging from education to technology to business. She can be reached at Twitter and Facebook.

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