In Kerala, government and private doctors will observe a protest on Tuesday by wearing black badges.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Doctors from Kerala will take part in Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) all-India agitation on June 6. IMA is protesting against the increasing instances of doctors being attacked by relatives of patients over the past few months. Around 200 doctors, from both government and private sector, and 200 medical students from Kerala will take part in IMA’s `Dilli Chalo’ agitation.
One lakh doctors from different parts of India will take out a march from Raj Ghat on Tuesday as part of the agitation.
In Kerala, government and private doctors will observe a protest on Tuesday by wearing black badges. “We have decided to attend duties wearing black badges so that functioning of hospitals is not affected,“ said Dr A K Raoof, general secretary of Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA).
Even though IMA has sought onehour OP boycott in India, doctors in Kerala have decided to go on a `onehour pen-down strike’ by not writing prescriptions. “As a mark of protest against the government move to bring in professional autonomy in writing prescriptions, we have decided to go for a pen-down strike,“ said Dr Sreejith N Kumar, ex-president of IMA.
“We need more stringent laws from the Centre that will be implemented by state governments. Doctors have to pay crores in medical negligence cases, following court verdicts. Hence, only a central law can ensure protection of doctors,“ said IMA members.
KGMOA, Kerala Medical College Teachers Association, PG Medical Students Association, House Surgeons Association, Medical Students Association and Qualified Private Medical Practitioners Association have promised to support IMA’s agitation.