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IMA wants doc’s suspension revoked, calls bandh on Nov 20

The IMA also demanded resignation of the state health minister saying ‘providing health services is his responsibility’.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
November 18, 2014 1:46:54 am

The Indian Medical Association on Monday called for a “medical bandh” in Chhattisgarh on November 20 if the suspension of the doctor who conducted the failed sterilisation surgeries was not revoked and FIR against him not withdrawn.

The IMA representatives said if their demands were not met, a national bandh might be called. All Emergency medical services, however, shall be exempt from the bandh.

“As already conveyed earlier, IMA is deeply aggrieved on the punitive action taken by the authorities of Chhattisgarh against Dr R K Gupta of Bilaspur in the recent case related to unfortunate death of 13 women after sterilisation operations at government camps. Even the suspension and arrest of a medical professional without a prima facie case against him/her without a proper medical enquiry, is grossly against the judgement given by the Supreme Court in this regard. This should have been considered before the arrest and suspension of Dr Gupta,” the IMA said in their statement, which also demanded the resignation from the state health minister.

“Holding a doctor responsible for an action which he has not committed is neither in the interest of the profession nor in the health of the general public. Providing health services including drugs, is the responsibility of the health minister,” the IMA stated.

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First published on: 18-11-2014 at 01:46:54 am
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