Angry relatives attack doctors and hospitals in Nepal

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1946
  1. Khagendra Dahal
  1. 1Nepal

    Nepal has seen a spate of attacks in recent months on doctors and hospitals by relatives of patients who have died while undergoing treatment.

    In the most recent incident, at the end of August, the relatives of a 22 year old woman who died after a caesarean section in a community hospital in the town of Dhulikhel, 21 km from Kathmandu, vandalised the hospital and assaulted healthcare professionals, including doctors on duty.

    The woman was admitted to the hospital during prolonged labour and developed complications after the operation, which led to her death the next day in the hospital. The woman’s husband alleged that the doctors were negligent and …

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