Thiruvananthapuram: Following the death of a media person, Rejimon, a news cameraman with Mathrubhumi Television channel, and the subsequent suspension of the treating doctor of the deceased, government doctors in Kerala have gone on a flash strike protesting the action against their colleague.
The case goes back to 27th october where Rejimon (32) was admitted to the hospital after he complained of uneasiness and later died. The District Unit of Kerala Union of Working Journalists alleged that Rejimon died due to negligence on the part of hospital and sought an enquiry into the matter. Government while ordering the enquiry, suspended the lady doctor who had attended to the patient.
In response to the said move, Doctors of the General Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram here went on a flash strike on Wednesday protesting suspension of a lady doctor for alleged medical negligence. The doctors abstained from OPD services. Health Department said it could not arrange alternative facilities as the strike was launched without prior notice reported Manoramaonline.
Further, Showing solidarity to their colleague, government doctors of the district had urged the health minister to withdraw the suspension on Thursday, in absence of which they had declared a flash strike for today. Speaking to Medical Dialogues, Dr. JAYAKRISHNAN A.V, Gen secy Kerala IMA said ” The patient was received at the general hospital in Trivandrum in an unconscious state. The requisite treatment was started immediately and patient was referred to medical college hospital in Trivandrum as we didn’t we neurological facilities. Unfortunately, Before shifting patient died. As he was press person there was a lot of commotion and without inquiry the doctor was suspended. Post mortem report show very large intracranial bleed which caused the death.”
” Govt doctors are on strike today and IMA supports the strike as a lot of verbal abuse was hurled by politician and press people to even female doctors.” he added. Regarding the duration of the strike he said “It is one day strike. On Monday, we are planning a peace day where all dotors will work 1 hr extra in support of their cause. Further conversations with the government are on and govt is awaiting the reports.”
Meanwhile the state government has invoked dies non ( no work no pay ) against the striking doctors as reported by TOI