An Inquiry has been started against a faculty member in the neurosurgery department at AIIMS, after resident doctors from the department complained against him, alleging verbal abuse and in some cases physical “manhandling” last week. Sources said after nearly 30 resident doctors complained against him, the assistant professor was through “verbal communication” told to stay away from clinical duties from Wednesday, pending the results of an inquiry.
According to sources, resident doctors in the department complained of being abused about their work during rounds and during surgery. One case even alleged the doctor of “physically roughing up” another doctor. Sources said some residents who spoke to committee members said the faculty member had said their work was “worse than a toilet cleaner’s”. “All students complained of harsh and derogatory language being used against them, sometimes in front of patients and sometimes after being taken aside. In one case, a resident said he had been held by his collar and told he was not fit to become a doctor,” a source said. Sources said residents complained of “verbal abuse and harassment” for the last 6-7 months during presentations regarding academic work as well.
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Sources said the four-member committee heard the complainant doctors on Tuesday, but is yet to hear the faculty member, sources said. “The resident doctors had written a complaint to the head of the department and the chief of the cardio neuro centre, threatening to stop work if an inquiry was not constituted. Since all the resident doctors from the department complained against the faculty member, we felt there was sufficient ground to constitute an inquiry,” a senior official from the institute said.
Sources said some doctors had also said the inquiry would not be fair if the faculty member continued to discharge his duties. “Resident doctors had sent a representation saying the inquiry would not be unbiased and that they feared further intimidation. So pending the inquiry results, we have verbally asked him to not continue his clinical work. No order has been brought out in writing,” a senior administrative official said.