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Pregnant Woman Doctor terminated from AIIMS, NCW to intervene

Pregnant Woman Doctor terminated from AIIMS, NCW to intervene

Uttarakhand: In a story that would resonate with many female medical practitioners across the country, a  pregnant resident doctor was recently seen approaching the National Commission for Women  (NCW) after she was terminated from AIIMS Rishikesh allegedly without citing any reason when she applied for maternity leave.
HT reports about the case of the doctor Dr Niharika Naithani Dhami, a senior resident with the Department of Dentistry at the AIIMS Rishikesh who has lodged a complaint with the NCW on June 9 against five AIIMS officials, including director Dr Ravi Kant, on account “terminating my services as a senior resident the moment I went on maternity leave”.
In her complaint to the National Commission of Women, the doctor alleged that neither was she given a prior notice or reason for termination, moreover further adding that her termination letter was made backdated. She had joined the said AIIMS on April 3, and claims to have gone on leave from May 29th.
“I went on maternity leave from May 29 after going through the proper channel while applying (for maternity leave),” she said.

“On June 2, I received termination letter for my services, there was no form of communication from the administration in this regard before the termination…I also never received any warnings for misconduct while serving there for two months,” Dhami said. Dhami, is now 35 weeks pregnant.

“The future of my career has been brutally cut short… it has been emotionally and mentally very distressing on me. I wish to get justice to avoid any stress to my current mental health and well being of my unborn child who is due in the 1st week of July. Please help me to get justice and make sure that no woman is hurt like this ever,” she wrote.

In response to the complaint, NCW has begun investigating the case and shall take action based on the investigation

“We (NCW) have already issued a notice to AIIMS authorities and will be calling them soon for questioning about the complaint. We will also call the doctor (Dhami) if she could travel to Delhi if her health permits,” Rekha Sharma, a member of NCW told HT .

Source: with inputs
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    Dr.Neelam Nath June 13, 2017, 7:51 pm

    Being a woman doctor from AIIMS, we were there for learning.Certain jobs cannot give Maternity leave. Air hostess is an example besides others in Hospitality industry.Our boss was kind. Some women have to handle jobs being confined to one floor. I joined my duty after 10th day of 1st normal delivery and helped deliver others ,helped by staff and other senior doctors.The shift was for only 6 hours.Our Boss was so confused about women doctors going on leave under one pretext or another that She started having Male Doctors on OB/GY.

  2. AIIMS has a history of making controversial decisions, in 2014 they terminated the services of the then Chief Vigilance Officer.

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    Dr Roshan Garg June 13, 2017, 3:52 pm

    As per the case goes like… joined in April & maternity leave applied on 29th May, delivery expected in July.
    Now the question is that she must had medical examination at the time of joining, so the authority knew that she was pregnant at that time. What term & conditions put to her at the time of joining by the authority, not clear from the case history?? This is important to know to comment.
    Though,it is legal & every body knows about the maternity leaves facility & the pregnant lady has all rights to avail it depending on the terms n conditions mentioned in the offer letter.

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    Dr.Milind Sabde June 13, 2017, 2:41 pm

    ALL MEDICAL RESIDENCY POSTS ARE FOR LEARNING AND EARNING BY DOING WORK. ALL MEDICOS KNOW WHAT A RESIDENCY MEANS. NO TEACHING INSTITUTE CAN FUNCTION WITHOUT RESIDENTS … WHAT WERE THE T & C S AT THE TIME OF JOINING? DENTISTRY IS ALL ABOUT PRACTICALS… THE CANDIDATE SHOULD NOT THINK OF JOINING A POST LIKE SENIOR RESIDENT IF ONE IS PREGNANT. ITS A SHORT TERM POST AND NOT PERMANENT ONE.. NOT LOGICAL

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    Dr Sushma Chawla June 13, 2017, 12:36 pm

    Any woman on maternity leave cannot be terminated according to the Maternity benefit act 2017

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