Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: Health Services doctors will boycott outpatient clinics in all government health-care institutions in the district from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

S. Solomon, president of the Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association district unit, said the boycott was in protest against the State government’s decision to transfer a doctor from the Community Health Centre at Vizhinjam over an incident last week when no doctors were on duty to attend to a woman in an advanced stage of labour. Dr. Solomon said the government had taken action against a Health Services doctor who had left after duty, though it was a doctor posted by the National Rural Health Mission who had absented herself without intimation.

The doctor Mini had been transferred to Aryankavu for allegedly not responding to a call by the staff nurse to attend to the woman. Dr. Solomon said the doctor had left after completing her morning shift and she had been a good distance away from Vizhinjam when the staff nurse called. By the time she came back, the woman and the baby had been shifted to the Women and Child Hospital at Thycaud in the city.

The Medical Officer in-charge was at fault as she had gone on leave without assigning ‘turn duty shifts.’