Case of late patient death due to organ transplant surgery; KGMCTA protests the suspension of doctors
The KGM CTA alleged that the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association (KGMMA) had sacrificed doctors to cover up its limitations in protest of the suspension of two doctors in connection with the death of a patient following a delay in surgery at the Medical College Hospital. The action was taken without conducting a detailed investigation. Inconveniences, including the shortage of doctors in the hospital, need to be discussed. The organization said it would launch a strong agitation if the action was not withdrawn.
The Thiruvananthapuram unit of the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association protested against the incident.
KGMCTA Press Release
The surgery was started at 8:30 am as a critically ill patient had to undergo dialysis at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. The patient died miserably despite maximum treatment led by the head of the urology department and senior doctors of the nephrology department.
However, without conducting a detailed investigation, the department heads who initiated the treatment were suspended. This is a demoralizing measure for doctors working in very limited facilities. There is a growing tendency to sacrifice only doctors in cases caused by the limitations of hospitals (and the acute shortage of staff, including doctors). An innocent doctor was also suspended in Thrissur last week.
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The KGMCTA strongly opposes the practice of victimizing doctors who do not conduct a detailed investigation. The organization calls for a detailed investigation into the incident and action to be taken. At the same time, the KGMCTA Thiruvananthapuram unit demanded the immediate withdrawal of the convictions taken without proper investigation.
They also demanded that the limitations of the medical college be discussed.
Health Minister Veena George has announced that two doctors in the urology and nephrology departments have been suspended. The minister said an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of death. But the doctors’ explanation was that there was no fall in the incident.