03 December, 2020

A Dose Of Ethics

Kerala plans to abolish private practice by government doctors

A Dose Of Ethics

KERALA is considering a radical prescription: a ban on private practice by government doctors. This comes in the wake of the public outcry over the alleged assault of a patient by doctors at the Medical College Hospital (MCH) at Thiruvananthapuram recently.

Following the incident, the CPM'S youth and student wings mounted pressure on the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government to abolish private practice by doctors of the states medical colleges on the grounds that they accord preferential treatment to private patients who visit their homes.

The November 27 patient-doctor conflict at the MCH occurred when a patient clashed with the duty doctor over the non-availability of intravenous fluid. The next morning, a group of doctors stormed into the ward and, according to reports, attacked the patient. The doctors then went on a rampage, destroying hospital property. Around two dozen medicos were taken into police custody - which triggered an eight-day doctors strike that evoked little public sympathy. The stir was called off after the government promised to...



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