LAHORE – Lack of interest on the part of consultants and senior doctors affected provision of healthcare facilities at public sector hospitals during Eidul Fitr holidays.

Though the hospital administration assigned duties of senior doctors at emergencies and wards to comply with the health department directive, it proved a futile exercise as majority stayed away while others left the place of duty after marking attendance. Junior doctors and those doing house job continued carrying out experiment on patients, causing unpleasant incidents of exchange of harsh arguments with attendants and relatives. This usual routine created ugly scene at Emergency of Services Hospital on the Eid day after the death of Muhammad Asif (38), a resident of Mozang Road.

Muhammad Asif was brought to the Services Hospital after he was hit by a car on Monday. He died after remaining at the Emergency for about a couple of hours. The relatives staged a demonstration outside the hospital and closed Jail Road for about five hours. They disbursed after registration of an FIR.

On Wednesday, relatives again staged a protest demonstration at Mozang Chowk, causing worst traffic jam on nearby arteries. They called off protest after getting assurance from SP Civil Lines.

Muhammad Usman, nephew of the deceased, alleged that his uncle sustained minor injuries and administration of wrong injection caused the tragic incident. He said that doctors did not attend the patient for over an hour and later administered wrong injection and handed over the dead body. He said that family would continue protest till action against negligent doctors.

Medical Superintendent Services Hospital Dr Rehana Kausar said that a four member committee has been constituted that would submit its report by August 23.

Young Doctors said that the patient was brought to the surgical emergency in critical condition where he was provided every possible care and treatment. IV fluids were started and Tetavax Dicloran and Rocephin were given, X-Rays were taken which showed fractures. Patient was shifted to emergency theatre for resuscitation and team of orthopedic and anaesthesia department also managed as patient was deteriorating.