Distressed with Govt transfer policy, West Bengal doctor sets self ablaze
Kolkata: Stressed over the state health department's alleged refusal to fulfill her repeated requests to transfer her with a promotion to a city hospital, a woman doctor allegedly committed suicide by setting herself ablaze over the transfer policy for government doctors.
As per various media accounts, the 40-year old doctor was posted at Midnapore Medical College as an assistant professor and was working there for eight years. However, she was suddenly transferred to a hospital at Diamond Harbour without any promotion in her service.
Questioning her transfer after eight years from one "peripheral" service to another, around 30 minutes before her attempt to commit suicide, the doctor had posted on social media criticizing the government's transfer policy.
Her last post on Facebook on August 16 reads, "Where peace lies for me ….. job resignation? After eight years of peripheral service … again dragged to another peripheral service…in the same job capacity-…can't take it any more."
The incident has shook the medical community and many doctors' bodies have come to the front to question the government's transfer policy in public healthcare services. Many political leaders and associations have also alleged nepotism and favoritism by the health department while initiating the transfers of government doctors.
A graduate from Medical College and Hospital Kolkata, she was known for her organizational skills and would take part in various activities. During the pandemic she was part of various Covid-19 campaigns, reports TOI.