JNIMS doctors take mass casual leave, hold sit in protest
Demanding that the suspension of senior resident of obstetrics and gynaecology department, Dr. T. Nimmi be revoked, doctors including students of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Porompat took a mass casual leave today and demonstrated a sit-in protest at the campus of the hospital.
The protest was carried out under the umbrella of Teachers’ Association (TA), JNIMS against the suspension of Dr. Nimmi in connection with the death of a patient at JNIMS.
Nimmi was suspended instantly on August 14 by the government over the death of W. Devita from Sekta Makha Leikai reportedly without performing even basic departmental enquiry. The patient died one month after undergoing a caesarean delivery.
Speaking to media, one of the members of TA, JNIMS, Ningthoujam Kumarjit said doctors of the hospital strongly condemned the immediate suspension of Nimmi without conducting even a basic departmental enquiry over the incident.
Concerning most of the incidents happening at the hospital, only doctors get blame but they are working as a team in a unit, he added.
In such a scenario, doctors feel hesitant to discharge their duty in serious cases as they might be suspended if a patient dies, he added.
He questioned whether is it mandatory to suspend a doctor without taking any technical enquiry, as a form of response to mere agitations by the public. Doctors including member of the association feel insecure working in such an environment where a doctor has to sacrifice every time a patient dies, he added.
“We heard that a committee headed by director health services Dr. Rajo has been formed. The committee has to submit a report within ten days starting from August 14. If Dr. Nimmi was found guilty, then law will take its own course. However, if she is found innocent the suspension order should be revoked. If the enquiry is not completed and suspension order is not revoked within ten days, we will take a decision to intensify our agitations,” said Kumarjit.
After conducting an emergency meeting on August 16, TA, JNIMS decided to take mass casual leave. As a part of the protest, doctors of the association have been performing their duties by wearing black badge against ‘the arbitrary and unjust actions taken by the authorities’ since August 17. Emergency, ICU, ICCU, SICU, NICU and ward patients’ service was not covered by the strike.
Joint Action Committee against the death of Wakambam (O) Debita alleged that the patient died due to reckless conduct of Dr. Nimmi while discharging her duties. A caesarean delivery was done on August 10 and due to deteriorating health conditions of the patient, she was admitted to surgical intensive care unit (SICU) from post natal ward on July 12 and died on August 14.
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