Medical services across Tamil Nadu were crippled on Thursday with 26,000 doctors going on strike to protest the murder of a colleague.
On Thursday, doctors from over 3,000 private hospitals joined the striking government hospital doctors.
The state chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had called for a day-long strike demanding police protection and safeguards to shield them from the fury of people.
Doctor T Sethulakshmi, 55, of the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Corporation hospital in Tuticorin in southern Tamil Nadu was murdered on Monday night by the husband of a pregnant woman, Nithya, 24, admitted under her care, after the patient developed complications and died.
Sethulakshmi was stabbed to death in her clinic by the deceased patient’s husband, Mahesh, 27, and three of his friends, according to Tuticorin superintendent of police J Rajendran.
Mahesh and his friends have been arrested.
“Murdering a doctor is not acceptable,” said JA Jayalal, secretary, Tamil Nadu chapter of the IMA. “We want the government to declare all hospitals as protected areas which in turn would make the beat police drop in during their rounds. If doctors get killed while attending emergency cases, then nobody will attend to such cases,” he said.
“If there is an issue of negligence, then it will be known in an inquiry.”