With nearly 450 resident doctors attached to the JJ Group of Hospitals on an indefinite strike protesting against the hospital’s Dean T P Lahane and Ophthalmology Department Head Dr Ragini Parekh, the state government Tuesday decided to set up a one-member panel to inquire into the complaints.
Medical Education Minister Vinod Tawde said the government will appoint a retired judge to conduct an inquiry, as well as give prompt orders to the striking resident doctors to resume work.
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Speaking in the State Legislative Council, Tawde said, “I personally have a lot of respect for Lahane, but we are getting these complaints every year, and as minister, I am responsible for looking into them.”
The minister, however, clarified that the JJ dean will not be sent on a leave or suspended during the period of inquiry.
The resident doctors went on strike Sunday against Parekh and Lahane, claiming the two did not allow students to perform major surgeries and handled most of the cases themselves.
As per Parekh, students were allowed to perform surgery under supervision as per Medical Council of India guidelines. On Tuesday, another meeting was held by Lahane with the resident doctors, during which Lahane assured to provide the students more exposure to major surgeries in the ophthalmology department. As per the protesting doctors, however, the strike will continue for a fourth day on Wednesday until all their demands are met.