The Kerala health director on Saturday suspended four doctors from service for conducting 21 cesarean surgeries in two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) in a government hospital in Cherthala (Alapuzha district).
The action came after district medical officer KM Sirabuddin submitted a preliminary report that squarely blamed doctors for flouting all medical norms. The report also found that in majority cases normal deliveries were possible and an unhealthy competition persisted among gynecologists of the hospital and the superintendent.
Mass surgeries were allegedly held to facilitate the doctors to celebrate Easter holidays unhindered. This, when the taluk hospital barely has facilities to conduct six surgeries a day and does not have post-natal facilities.
The issue came to light after some patients complained that doctors forced them to advance their delivery dates. Most of the women and newborns were kept on the floor in the post-surgical ward due to paucity of beds.
Meanwhile, the state Human Rights Commission has sought a report from health ministry.