Doctors in all five government medical colleges in the State are on the warpath, demanding that the government reinstate two doctors of the Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, who had been suspended in an ‘unjustified manner.’
A statement issued by the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association (KGMCTA), central office, here on Friday said that the medical college faculty were intensifying their agitation from March 1.
The medical college faculty, owing allegiance to the KGMCTA, have been on a noncooperation strike for the past one month following the suspension of their colleagues, attending to just patient care and teaching and staying away from VIP duties, medical boards, outstation duties, and camps, which are required of them.
It was on January 23 that the government ordered the suspension of the two, K. Sivaprasad, Associate Professor of General Surgery, and S. Sreenath, Assistant Professor of General Medicine, following allegations in certain sections of the visual media that they had violated the government norms banning private practice.
KGMCTA’s argument is that the doctors had been placed under suspension without a proper inquiry and solely on the basis of the reports that appeared on a news channel. The KGMCTA has claimed that the film clippings that appeared on the channel were not recent ones and were shot in 2008 and 2010. The KGMCTA said it was intensifying the strike as the government had not shown any interest in settling the issue.