Physicians practising in private hospitals and clinics in Rangpur went on an indefinite strike on Sunday after police arrested one of their fellows for alleged wrong treatment resulting in the death of a child Saturday night.
The announcement of the strike came from a protest held by Rangpur Chikitshak Samaj at Sachip office in the northern city in the afternoon.
‘The physician community in Rangpur will not work at any private hospital or clinic until the arrested physician is freed,’ said RCS convener Nurunnabi Laiju.
The accused physician, Abdul Hye, was taken ill after being accused of wrong treatment and police admitted him to Rangpur Medical College for treatment.
The victim Siyam, 8, died while being operated at a local clinic, Central Clinic, in Rangpur city on Saturday.
Laiju said that it was unfortunate for a doctor to see a patient die, but Hye did everything right.
‘His arrest is to humiliate the physician community,’ said Laiju.
The victim’s father Rezakul, however, believes his son was victim of wrong treatment.
He said that they did not fear for his son’s life when he was admitted to the clinic with inflated tonsil on Wednesday.
‘My son has been murdered,’ said Rezakul.
The news of the death of Sayim enraged his relatives and locals who vandalised the clinic. Police had to intervene to bring the situation under control.
The decision of indefinite strike taken by the physicians is likely to affect health business operated from four medical colleges and 200 private clinics and diagnostic centres in Rangpur city.
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