16 January, 2021

The New Doc Police

The New Doc Police
Cops are hounding doctors in Kerala. No, they aren’t being seen as common felons yet, but a recent directive issued by the state’s director general of police (DGP)—which says that an erring doctor can be hauled up without referring the case to the district-level expert committee—threatens to reduce them to that status. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is preparing to move court against the order.

The directive was issued a fortnight after the government suspended ‘graft-tainted’ gynaecologist Dr Jameela of Ernakulam General Hospital, two days before her scheduled retirement. A few days after this incident, a hospital in Kannoor was ransacked by an irate mob after a Congress worker died reportedly due to the hospital’s negligence.

The IMA had then warned that such incidents would be opposed by the medical fraternity. But now the new...



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