CAIRO: Nurses on a labor strike at a hospital in Alexandria will face a criminal investigation over the deaths of two patients who did not receive sufficient treatment, according to a Saturday decision by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab.
According to media reports Friday night, the two patients died at Amiri Hospital at Alexandria University because the emergency nurses who were supposed to be working were on strike protesting delays in receiving their salaries.
A police report was subsequently filed by the families of the deceased patients against the administration of the Amiri Hospital accusing it of not saving their relatives.
One of the patients was the victim of a traffic accident, according to Tareq Khaleefa, the head of the emergency room at Amiri Hospital, in comments to Youm7. “The doctors did what was needed to save him, but without the help of the nurses, he died,” he said.
Following the death of the first patient, Khaleefa said the hospital was ordered to not receive any new cases and to refer patients to other hospitals “until the nurses’ problem was solved.”
He added that he asked for six additional ambulances to transfer cases to other hospitals, but unfortunately one person died from a stomach ailment before being transferred.
Additional reporting by Hend Mokhtar and Mohamed el-Adawy.