INDIA: Following the murder of a house surgeon at Kottarakkara, protests errupted in Kerala. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan convened an urgent high-level meeting on Thursday to talk about the protection of healthcare professionals in his state in response to the murder and the demonstrations that followed, as per reports.
The Chief Minister’s Office in Thiruvananthapuram has planned an emergency meeting to examine a number of topics, including the creation of new legislation to stop attacks against doctors who are on duty, as per CMO.
In the recent past, the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Kottarakkara, remanded Sandeep, and the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA) and ESI doctors’ association KGIMO sat on a strive, demanding justice against the gruesome murder.
The protest is held for Dr Vandana Das, a 25-year-old house surgeon who was stabbed mercilessly by a teacher working at UP. As per reports, the late doctor worked at the Kottarakara taluk hospital. Now, the IMA demanded compensation of 1 crore for Vandana’s family.
They even blamed the Kerala Police for being inefficient and irresponsible for failing to protect the doctor who was on duty. They even sought strict action against the policemen who failed in their duty and further asked for an ordinance to be passed.
Indian Medical Association (IMA) stated that “Declare protection for hospitals and lodge FIRs within an hour of an attack. The probe should be completed within a month, and the verdict, to be pronounced by a special court, has to arrive within a year.”
Additionally, doctors working for various medical organisations, house surgeons, junior doctors, PG students, and medical students staged a protest march from the Martyrs’ Column in Palayam to the Secretariat, where they halted the road and demonstrated. However, they left the ICU, casualty and labour rooms undisrupted.
As per the autopsy report of Dr Vandana Das, the doctor suffered 11 stab wounds, including her head and back. Now, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will meet with the doctors in person to clarify their requests. The discussion will be done at the minister’s office at 10.30 am.