JNIMS doctors take mass casual leave over suspension

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 19, 2019: Doctors of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Manipur under the umbrella of Teachers’ Association (TA), JNIMS took mass causal leave on Monday and demonstrated on the institute campus to protest against suspension of Dr. T. Nimmi, senior resident of obstetrics and gynaecology department over the death of a patient in the hospital.

The senior resident was suspended immediately by the government following death of a 27 years old patient from Sekta Makha Leikai on August 14 in the hospital. The patient died a month after cesarean delivery.

“We are shocked and demoralised to the immediate suspension of Dr. Nimmi without conducting a basic departmental enquiry over the incident and we condemn it in the strongest term,” said Dr. Ninthoujam Kumarjit Singh spokesperson TA, JNIMS said.

Sorting out only a doctor in a medical college when a patient dies is condemnable as doctors works as a team in a unit, said the spokesperson.

In such a tendency we feel much worry to render our services in serious cases; we may be suspended in case the patient dies. “Is it proper to suspend a doctor without taking up a technical enquiry in response to public demand and agitation?” He asked.

All members of the teachers feel insecure working in such an unfavourable environment and not ready to sacrifice a doctor every time a patient dies in the institution, the association stated.

“We heard that a committee headed by director health services Dr. Rajo was formed. The committee has to submit a report within ten days counting from August 14. If Dr. Nimmi was found guilty law will take its own course, if 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 agitation,” said Kumarjit.

The teachers’ association on August 16 held an emergency meeting and decided to take the mass casual leave this day.

The member doctors of the association have been wearing black-badges since August 17 as a protest against ‘the arbitrary and unjust actions taken by the authorities’ said a statement of the JNIMS teachers association.

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 she died due to reckless of Dr. Nimmi while discharging duty. After performing cesarean delivery on July 10 and due to her bad health condition she was admitted to surgical intensive care unit (SICU) from post natal ward on July 12, it said.

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