Vijayawada, July 30 (IANS) The state government's diktat on installation of captive oxygen plants and adequate stocks of oxygen cylinders at hospitals has run into opposition from the Indian Medical Association (IMA).IMA President elect C. Srinivasa Raju on Thursday described the government order issued in this regard as unnecessary, illogical and impractical.Issued recently by the Andhra Pradesh government, the order makes it compulsory for all the hospitals to install captive oxygen production facilities and ensure adequate oxygen supplies in their premises. As per the order, hospitals failing to do so will stand to forfeit their registrations.Speaking to the media, Raju said the arbitrary nature of the order has bewildered the IMA. He noted that the decision has been taken without taking the opinion of the private hospitals and private doctors who are major stakeholders in the issue. He also demanded a state-level advisory committee to discuss the matter.Private players in the state, represented by the Andhra Pradesh Private Nursing Homes and Hospitals Association, Andhra Pradesh Speciality Hospitals Association, and the Aarogysri Network Hospitals Association, have extended their support to the IMA in this regard.--IANSpvn/arm
Indian Medical Association (IMA) has raised objection to the provision of including the AYUSH into the modern medical system during the training of medical students, saying "it is contrary to the established norms, superfluous and an attempt to initiate mixopathy".
In a letter to National Medical Commission (NMC), the IMA said, "It is not prudent for an Intern trained in modern medicine to partake and practice a system of medicine which he has not learned in under graduation with know-how and show-how paradigms."
"And straightaway coming to do it in an internship is dangerous to the public and the system," mentions the IMA in its letter on Thursday.
Referring that AYUSH and its components are vast subjects, the IMA said "working there for a week the intern will not learn any new skill, and there is no clarity who shall be their mentor, and will they be assessed by NMC faculty norms or not".
"What objective, role or competency will be learned which will augment his competencies as IMG? Are we adding engineering and Agriculture science too for a week as it will make him a perfect human being?" the IMA asked.
One week-period exposure, especially in another system of medicine will only pave the way to a half-baked mixopath, which is disastrous for the country, it said.
"IMA fully opposes the inclusion of one-week exclusive elective posting which is contrary to the established norms, superfluous and an attempt to initiate mixopathy. IMA strives for purity of profession."
"The rider for the said elective is very clear to the effect that provided the said discipline is available in the same college or institution where the internship is being done by the intern," said the IMA, adding "in this pretext, attempts will be made to introduce all these disciplines inside the modern medical hospitals, and slowly mixopathy will creep in".
The IMA noted it is also to be borne in mind that in terms of the interpretative pronouncement made by the Supreme Court in a series of proclamations that the registered medical practitioner in a given path, whereunder he or she have been trained and possesses the requisite registering qualification, is entitled to practice the said profession and not trespass any other profession in any manner by practicing the same.
"This being binding and established position of law, any posting in the name of elective in the period of internship which has no bearing in regard to the competencies that the intern would be entitled to practice as registered medical practitioner are neither open nor permissible for inclusion in the said internship programme, otherwise, it will be violative of this binding settled legal position in terms of it being law of the land."
The IMA said it appeals to delete Section 4.3 (17), which says exclusive elective posting of one week in any one of the AYUSH medicine available in the medical college to be given as a mandatory elective posting.
The IMA submitted seven-point observations with a firm request to the NMC to delete section 4.3 (17) and do necessary corrections for the other comments placed. (agency)
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Gonda (UP), July 8 (IANS) Seventeen government doctors, including Additional Chief Medical Officer (ACMO) Dr Ajay Pratap Singh, have resigned in Uttar Pradesh's Gonda district, accusing District Magistrate Markandey Shahi of using abusive language.Those who have resigned include 16 community health centre superintendents.The doctors have made serious allegations against Shahi.In their resignations sent to the Chief Medical Officer and the UP Health Minister, the superintendents have accused the District Magistrate of using inappropriate language in the review meetings.The doctors have said that during the meetings, Shahi used offensive words to address them, and that they were deeply hurt by the behaviour of the District Magistrate."We have been going through this agony for a long time. The District Magistrate uses unparliamentary and inappropriate language for us in review meetings. But in view of the Covid pandemic and vaccination, we were providing services to patients uninterrupted," the doctors said.The doctors have said in their resignations that during the review meeting held on July 6, the ACMO had asked for details of medical kits and medicines, but the District Magistrate scolded them and silenced them, saying: "Who are you to ask for accounts.""Instead of being respected as Corona warriors, we are being insulted."All efforts to contact the District Magistrate proved futile and there was no reaction from the government either.--IANSamita/vd
Hyderabad, July 7 (IANS) Tension prevailed near Telangana Chief Minister's official residence here on Wednesday as a large number of outsourcing nurses whose services were terminated tried to stage a protest.The nurses alleged that the government threw them out of the jobs after using their services during Covid-19 pandemic.Demanding their reinstatement, the nurses tried to march towards Pragati Bhawan, the official residence of the Chief Minister in Begumpet. When police personnel stopped the protestors, they sat on the roads raising slogans against the government.Police personnel had a tough time in controlling the situation as some nurses tried to run towards the Pragati Bhawan. Policewomen chased the protestors to stop them for barging in. They were physically lifted and taken to the waiting police vehicles.The nurses were shifted to different police stations. The protestors alleged that a total of 1,640 nurses serving in the government-run hospitals across the state on outsourcing bases were removed from services.Some of the protestors were seen crying while speaking to the media persons. They said the government's action has landed them and their families in crisis."During Covid pandemic, the government said nurses are like gods. Now they left the gods on the road," said a nurse."Despite the risk to our lives, we served the Covid patients. We rendered the services when even their family members were not coming near them. After using our services, the government has dumped us," said another protestor.The nurses were recruited specifically for Covid-19 duties in March last year. They had Tuesday staged a demonstration at the office of Director of Medical Education (DME).Dr Ramesh Reddy, the DME however, said the nurses were well aware of the fact that their posts are temporary.--IANSms/dpb
Gandhinagar, June 22 (IANS) A women activist forum, which demanded that a police complaint be filed by Monday midnight in the Jamnagar GG hospital sexual harassment incident, announced that it will stage protests against the police "inaction" from Tuesday.A female attendant at the hospital had, on last Tuesday, alleged that they were under pressure from the hospital management to have physical relations with them in order to continue working there."It will be a week since Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered a probe in the sexual harassment allegations by an attendant in the Jamnagar's GG hospital. Till now, we have not seen any concrete action in the case. And shockingly, the victims were cross-examined by the panel who was recording their statements, which is absolutely in violation of sexual harassment guidelines," Shetalben Sheth, the founding member of the Mahila Nyay Manch formed recently in Jamnagar told the IANS."The female attendants then complained that to us and we went there and had their true, undistorted statements recorded. Besides that, we have 15 statements from the victim attendants, male attendants and others, in a notorised format in affidavits, which we have submitted to the Superintendent of Police, the ASP and sent copies to the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, and the Home Minister. Despite the victims' clearly mentioning the culprit's name, attempts were there to shield him. Still no FIR has been lodged," she added.Sheth, along with nine others, will be staging a 'Dharna' at the Lal Bungalow area, a prominent place in the city where most of the government offices are situated, from Tuesday."We had asked for the permission for the dharna, we were denied... However, I'll be there tomorrow if complaint is not lodged by tonight," she asserted.A row erupted at the GG Hospital in Jamnagar when a female attendant made the allegations."We didn't get wages and we're being fired without any notice. The girls are under pressure to maintain physical relationships with managers and should they deny, they're shown the door," the female attendant had alleged in front of the media on Tuesday.The hospital management however, denied any such complaints reaching them.The hospital authorities had initially recruited 250 attendants before March and thereafter during Covid-19's second wave, 570 more had been recruited.These attendants were assigned to treat individuals by giving them food, water and assist the nursing staff when needed. Rupani had announced a three member committee to investigate the alleged sexual harassment in GG hospital. He had on Wednesday instructed the Jamnagar District Collector and Health Commissioner, Jaiprakash Shivhare to form the committee, comprising the Assistant Collector, the Assistant Superintendent of Police and the Dean of the Dental College, Jamnagar.--IANSamc/vd