IMA protests against doctors suspension

08 October, 2016

KOCHI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has registered protest against the suspension of a doctor of the Kochi Medical College in connection with the alleged medical negligence that led to the death of MBBS student Shamna Tasnim at the hospital on July 18. 

“Dr Jils George, head of the Department of Medicine, is a victim of poor management of the medical college by the government. Though it has been three years since the government took over the medical college from the cooperative sector, no steps have been taken to improve the facilities at the hospital,” observed an emergency meeting of the IMA.

“Dr Jils was not on duty when Shamna was brought to the hospital. She died of a rare reaction to ceftriaxone injection. Doctors and the medical staff who were on duty at that time made every effort to save the student,” it was observed.

IMA office-bearers pointed out that relatives of the deceased had sought action against the Health Secretary, Director of Medical Education and the principal and superintendent of the medical college. However, it is the Medicine HoD, whose name was not mentioned anywhere in the report, facing action,” alleged IMA office-bearers.

PG students stage protest

Meanwhile, The Postgraduate Association and House Surgeons Association at the Kochi Medical College launched a 24-hour agitation against suspension of resident doctor Dr Bino Jose in connection with the death of medical student Shamna Tasnim.

Claiming that the doctors at the hospital were innocent in the case, the students demanded that the suspension of Dr Bino be revoked.

According to them, it was lack of proper facilities at the medical college that led to the student’s death.However, junior doctors serving in the ICU and casualty section did not participate in the strike.

The strike, which commenced at 9 am, had affected functioning of the hospital. When the agitators met principal Dr Sreekala, she informed them that Dr Jils Gorge was suspended by the governor and Dr Bino was suspended by the Additional Chief Secretary. The principal said she was not able to take any decision on the matter.