JNIMS doctors protest against suspension of colleague

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 19 | Publish Date: 8/19/2019 11:39:38 AM IST

Healthcare services Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) hospital, the biggest state government run hospital in Manipur was hit on Monday as scores of doctors suspended their duties of the day and took part in a protest staged in the hospital campus.

The doctors ceased their service for the day in protest against suspension of one of their colleagues, Dr Nimmi (a senior resident in obstetrics and gynaecology of the institute) in connection with death of a woman patient on August 14 last.

Dr Nimmi was suspending from services pending departmental enquiry against her in connection with the death of a patient W Devita Devi who was operated to deliver a baby on July 10 but died on August 14. Denouncing the suspension of the doctor, her colleagues in the department threatened to launch an intense agitation demanding immediate revocation of the suspension order.

The doctors under the banner of the Teachers Association JNIMS had set August 16 deadline to revoke the suspension order, citing that the suspension order was issued without any basic departmental inquiry. A large number of doctors took part in today’s protest, during which OPD service of the hospital was suspended.

The strike did not affect the normal service at ICU, ICCU, SICU, NICU and ward patients service.

The doctors took part in the protest after taking mass casual leave for the day. The act of the higher authority of the hospital has completely demoralised and depressed the entire working atmosphere of the institution, spokesperson Dr N Kumarjit of Teachers Association JNIMS alleged.

Talking to media at the protest site, the spokesperson asked whether the authority is going to suspend doctors for every death of a patient. He said that the entire staff of the obstetrics and gynaecology department of the institute were wholly and collectively responsible for any medical treatment and eventuality to any patients at later stage.

“No single doctor is individually responsible for the death of any patient unless otherwise medically proven,” he said while asking the reason behind victimising only Dr Nimmi.

The spokesperson alleged that the authority suspended the doctor only to please the family and relatives of the deceased patients who protested on the day the patient died, alleging medical negligence on the part of the doctor attending the patient.

Dr Nimmi did carry out the operation along with a number of staff under the supervision of the unit head of the department. But it will not be the right decision to suspend only her, he opined.

“The suspension of Dr Nimmi is illegal, wrong and violates all rules and regulations,” he declared.

Suspension and disciplinary action against a single doctor for an action which involves a team, is not acceptable, he added.

The spokesperson, while demanding immediate revocation of the suspension order pressed the authority to complete the departmental enquiry being initiated against the suspended doctor within 10 days starting from August 14.

“In case of failure to do so,  we will launch intense forms of agitations from August 24,” he threatened.

Placards with various slogans like “We Stand together against injustice,” “No doctor wants their patient dead”, “We need proper administration not random suspension,” were displayed at the protest site.



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