Three senior and two junior resident doctors were suspended on Sunday by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) administration in an alleged case of medical negligence that led to the death of a pregnant nurse.

Rajveer Kaur, who was being treated at the AIIMS, died on Saturday after being on ventilator for three weeks.

The deceased was admitted to the obstetrics and gynaecology unit of AIIMS for delivery on January 16. The doctors found out that the pulse rate of fetus was slow and suggested for an emergency caesarean section. But the process was delayed as the anesthetist arrived late, the family of Kaur claimed.

“When the surgery took place finally, the child was stillborn and Kaur suffered a massive cardiac arrest during the procedure. Doctors were able to revive heart function by giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) then but Kaur slipped into coma thereafter,” Harish Kumar Kajla, president of AIIMS nursing union, told TOI.

Over 500 nurses of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) went on strike on Sunday over the death of a nurse during treatment at the hospital, officials said.

The nurses alleged negligence in the treatment by the doctors and demanded their suspension.

AIIMS has about 5,000 nurses and they are considered as the backbone of the hospital.

(With IANS inputs)