Medicos Legal Action Group (MLAG) has condemned the statement made by Bihar chief minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi on Friday that he would “chop off hands” of doctors if there was “any negligence in treatment of the poor”.
Dr Neeraj Nagpal, convenor of MLAG, said it was unfortunate that a person occupying the chair of chief minister could make such barbaric suggestions. He said medical profession was already reeling under the onslaught of frequent violence against doctors and hospitals by patients and relatives.
The kind of statement made by the chief minister would give a boost to those who were indulged in arson and violence and would be unprecedented even in the “jungle raj” that existed in Bihar, he said, adding in ancient Mesopotamia, chopping off surgeons hands in case of death was anyway the law.
He called on doctors to quit Bihar as the state seemed to have degenerated into a quagmire of lawlessness and hooliganism.
“Already MP Pappu Yadav has made threatening and coercing doctors to follow his dictat in Sasaram and now the chief minister has joined him,” he said.
Dr Paramjit Mann, founder member of MLAG, said it was the time for qualified doctors to leave Bihar.
MLAG is conducting a CME-cum-workshop on clinical communication skills for doctors on November 2 in Chandigarh. MLAG will decide on its legal course in the matter of provocative statements of the incumbent chief minister at the workshop.