Healthcare workers at Delhi’s Apollo Hospital injured after attack by relatives of COVID-19 patient

The hospital at Sarita Vihar had no ICU bed available for the patient, who later passed away

April 27, 2021 06:32 pm | Updated April 28, 2021 01:04 am IST - New Delhi

Violence broke out at Apollo Hospital in New Delhi on April 27, 2021 between doctors, nurses and relatives of a COVID-19 patient who died after not finding a bed. Photo: Special Arrangement

Violence broke out at Apollo Hospital in New Delhi on April 27, 2021 between doctors, nurses and relatives of a COVID-19 patient who died after not finding a bed. Photo: Special Arrangement

About seven to eight hospital employees, including doctors, of Apollo Hospital in Sarita Vihar were injured after allegedly being attacked by relatives of a COVID-19 patient, following the patient's death, the hospital said.

"About seven to eight hospital staff, including doctors and security, have been injured after being attacked by relatives of a COVID-19 patient at our hospital in Sarita Vihar," said a spokesperson of Apollo Hospital.

"The patient was brought to the hospital and needed ICU, but we didn't have ICU beds and we informed them that. We gave the patient oxygen and emergency care, but the patient passed away. The relatives then started attacking the staff," the spokesperson said.

None of the hospital staff is seriously injured or admitted at the hospital.

The hospital received the woman in a critical condition at the emergency in the early hours of Tuesday. "Immediate medical attention appropriate to her condition was given by the team. Given the paucity of beds, the family was advised to shift the patient to another facility with available beds. Unfortunately, the patient died at around 8 am, post which the patient's family members resorted to vandalism, destruction of hospital property and assault on our doctors and staff," the hospital said in a statement said.

The situation was brought under control by hospital security staff and police.

"While the hospital deeply condoles the death of the patient, it is deeply shocked at the behaviour of the patient's family against doctors and healthcare workers who are providing untiring services amidst the pandemic," the statement said.

The hospital has not filed a police complaint till Tuesday evening.

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