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BD Post Report
Owners of private hospitals and medical centres in Chattogram have withdrawn their 22-hour strike at 12pm on Monday after receiving ‘assurances’ from Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) leaders.
The strike was called on Sunday soon after a RAB operation at city’s Max Hospital where a child died on June 29 due to ‘negligence’ of duty doctors. Private Hospital and Lab Owners Association General Secretary and Max Hospital Director Dr Liakat Ali Khan announced the withdrawal of strike.
He said, “We have discussed the matter with the local administration and the BMA leadership. We are temporarily resuming services based on their assurances. We are opening the hospitals and will begin to provide medical care.”
President of private hospitals association Dr Abul Kashem told the Bangladesh Post: “After the assurance of local administration and considering the suffering of the patients the strike is withdrawn.” He said, “We called the strike protesting the fine of magistrate and raid of RAB at clinics. Now we are begging pardon to the patients and people for their sufferings.”
On June 28, Chattaogram-based journalist Rubel Khan’s daughter Rafida Khan Raifa was admitted to the hospital with a throat ache. The three-year-old died while undergoing treatment the next day. Later, Rubel alleged that Rafia died due to negligence and wrong treatment at the privately-run hospital.
Amid allegations of negligence and wrong treatment a probe committee led by civil surgeon was formed.
The probe found all three doctors – Bidhan Roy, Debashish Sen and Shubra Dev – guilty of negligence and recommended steps against them.
It said they found lack of experience and sincerity among the doctors when the girl began experiencing the intense seizures. Though the nurses attending her were sincere in their efforts, they did not have the capacity or knowledge to handle the situation, it added.
Chittagong Union of Journalists along with other social and political organisations created a movement demanding justice for Raifa and to make the medical service pro-people in the port city.