KGMCTA questions suspension of doctors over death of patient, warns of continuous protest

Individuals who rushed the kidney to the medical college waiting in front of the operation theatre

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association (KGMCTA) has rubbished the allegations against the two doctors over the death of a kidney transplant patient. It is alleged that a patient named Suresh died at the medical college on Monday due to a four-hour delay in the kidney transplant surgery. As the patient’s death triggered a controversy, the health department suspended two doctors, heads of the nephrology and urology departments. Now, KGMCTA has come forward questioning the action. The association demanded the health department withdraw the suspension of the doctors.

Justifying the doctors, KGMCTA claimed that the surgery was scheduled at 8 pm on Sunday considering the health issues of the patient. The surgery was delayed for an hour more as the patient was taken for the second dialysis. There were no lapses identified on the part of the doctors, argued KGMCTA.

The doctors proceeded with the surgery after convincing the patient’s relatives about his condition and the danger of the surgery. Hence, a detailed inquiry should be carried out on the incident. Incidents which disrupt the successful organ donation programme in Thiruvananthapuram Govt. Medical College must be probed, the association asked the government.

KGMCTA summoned an emergency meeting after the health department suspended two senior doctors over the death of the patient. The association alleged when the doctors reached the hospital with the organ, two people snatched the box from their hands and barged into the hospital. Police must investigate the sabotage behind the incident, demanded the association.

KGMCTA also asked the government to ensure justice for the doctors by cancelling their suspension. The association warned that they will organise a continuous protest if the government refuses to meet their demand.

The association also appealed to the health minister to withdraw from taking actions like suspension which affect the confidence of doctors. KGMCTA will organise a protest meet in front of the OP block at the Govt. Medical College here on Wednesday.

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