Want suspension of colleague revoked
Doctors threatened to paralyse medical services in MKCG medical college hospital in the city if the State government did not revoke the suspension order issued against an associate professor of surgery department Siba Prasad Mishra.
On Thursday all physicians of MKCG medical college and its hospital including the junior doctors wore black badges in protest against the suspension order which was issued by the health department on Wednesday. Dr Dash had been put under suspension in relation to the incident of mutilation of body of a peasant by stray dogs on the medical college hospital campus that happened last month. The peasant had died following a suicide attempt due to crop loss incurred by him and his body was mutilated by dogs before autopsy. The State Health Department had initiated action basing on enquiry report furnished by the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Ganjam.
Physicians and staff of the surgery department as well as the members of junior doctors' association gheraoed the superintendent of the medical college to protest against the suspension order.
The MKCG medical college unit of the Orissa Medical Teachers' Association (OMTA) called up an emergency meeting and passed a resolution condemning the suspension order. By the resolution they threatened to paralyse the health care at this medical college if the suspension order was not revoked soon. State secretary of OMTA S.K.Mohanty said their State body would hold meeting over the issue on Friday to discuss their next course of action.
Members of Orissa Medical Service Association (OMSA) of the city have also extended their support to the agitating doctors of MKCG medical college hospital.
The OMTA members are of the opinion that the suspended associate professor was no way responsible for the mutilation of the body of the peasant.
According to them as per the norms a body cannot be kept along with live patients in a ward. Usually autopsy is not done at night. Another point is that the medical college is not having proper mortuary due to which the body was left in the open, they said.
The physicians of the medical college also questioned the validity of the enquiry by the ADM. According to them as per Supreme Court guidelines any complaint of negligence against a doctor has to be investigated by a competent body that should include medical experts. But in this case this directive was blatantly violated, they alleged.