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Doctors' strike unethical, says High Court

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Health Desk-- 10th July, 2018: The High Court has blasted doctors for observing strikes at hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres to defend acts of wrong treatment and medical negligence.

The HC on Monday observed that strike at hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres to justify wrong treatment and medical negligence is ‘unethical’.

If the professions involving police, doctors and lawyers are destroyed for the activities of some miscreants, citizens will suffer, the HC said.

A bench of the HC comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader made the observations while hearing rule issued earlier over loss of eyesight of 20 patients due to ‘wrong surgeries’.

The harsh observations from the higher court came at a time when all private hospitals and clinics in Chattogram were enforcing strike to defend death of a minor girl caused by wrong treatment and drives in four hospitals of the port city.

The court said that many people go abroad for treatment amid medical inadequacy and negligence in the country resulting in loss of foreign currencies.

Raifa Khan, daughter of a senior journalist in Chattogram, died of wrong treatment and medical negligence at Max Hospital there on June 29. A three-member committee led by the Chattogram civil surgeon investigated the incident and found evidence of medical negligence.

Later, RAB mobile court led by an executive magistrate conducted drives in four private hospitals and fined their owners on various faults. To protest the drive, all private hospitals and clinics in the port city enforced strike on Monday causing patients’ sufferings. The hospitals and clinics later called off strike after what they said assurance from the authorities concerned.

However, the HC ordered the DG Health to submit a report by July 16 specifying the reasons for eyesight loss of 20 people.