AIIMS doctors meet administration over colleague’s dismissal
A representation of Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims) has met the hospital administration on the dismissal of a senior resident doctor on charges of molestation in January this year.delhi Updated: Jun 30, 2011 00:04 IST
A representation of Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims) has met the hospital administration on the dismissal of a senior resident doctor on charges of molestation in January this year.
“The institute’s internal inquiry committee report as well as the police investigation report doesn’t seem to have anything conclusive that could prove the charges against the doctor. There’s nothing overtly negative in the reports, and that’s why we want Aiims to give the doctor a fair trial,” said Dr Debjyoti Karmakar, president, RDA.
The senior resident doctor, in the department of neurosurgery, was accused of fondling the private parts of an eight-year-old boy suffering from brain tumour inside the doctor’s duty room in the intensive care unit, a few days after a brain surgery was performed on him on January 20.
Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had ordered termination of the accused doctor on the basis of hospital’s internal inquiry report. The dismissal order issued by the hospital, however, did not mention molestation as a reason for the dismissal. He was expelled on disciplinary grounds.
The dismissal order read, “Actions of the accused doctor amount to conduct unbecoming of a medical doctor at the institute.” The resident doctors at the hospital feel since he has already been serving suspension for so long, it serves as apt punishment for not following the treatment protocol.
The accused doctor had appealed in the central administrative tribunal (CAT) soon after he was expelled from the institute. The hospital authorities are yet to formally reply to his appeal. Sources in the hospital administration, however, informed that they are in the process of filing a reply.
“The reply is ready and will be submitted anytime,” said an official requesting anonymity.