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Memo to PG medicos for refusing 'VIP duty'

CHENNAI: Postgraduate students of Madras Medical College (MMC) who boycotted 'VIP responsibility' on the Raj Bhavan had been on Monday issued a memo by the Rajiv Gandhi government basic clinic. But when the scholars' body threatened to go on strike, they had been promised that no penal motion could be initiated.

While students alleged 'ill-treatment' and violation of laws, governor's secretary R Rajagopal, whose mother was the 'VIP affected person', stated he didn't ask for someone to be posted. Rajagopal advised TOI: "An unnecessary controversy is being kicked up. I have hired staff from two private hospitals to take care of my mother." A scholar asked: "Since when are government doctors posted at people's homes? They did not let the doctor on first shift leave till very late at night because he didn't have a replacement."

We had been forced to boycott VIP responsibility: PG anaesthesia students

The scholar stated, “The professional automobile didn't even drop the physician again.”

The GH first gained call from the Raj Bhavan dispensary a few weeks ago about Rajagopal’s mother admitted to the dispensary on the Raj Bhavan campus. The dispensary is attached to the GH.

After visiting her, GH doctors steered that she be moved to the clinic for intensive remedy.

“She was right here for weeks and we gave her just right care. But her family decided to move her house and continue care. Doctors right here too didn't object. So, she was discharged,” stated GH clinical superintendent Dr Narayanaswamy.

The clinic management decided they'd put up first and 2nd yr postgraduate clinical students on responsibility because the affected person required non-invasive air flow continuously.

“Normally, we put up professors to take care of VVIPs such because the President or the Prime Minister. For hospital treatment of the governor, we put up assistant professors as in line with protocol. In this case we posted students. Later, they objected to it,” he stated.

Head of anaesthesiology department Dr Anuradha Swaminathan, who signed the duty allotment sign in on Monday for two shifts — 8am to 6pm, and 7pm to 7am from February 25 to March 2 — issued a memo to postgraduate and super-specialty students a few hours later for refusing to report for responsibility on the Raj Bhavan.

The memo stated some others had didn't report to the theatre.

Postgraduate anaesthesia students stated they had been forced to boycott the ‘VIP responsibility’, as it was no longer on campus. In a letter to Dr Swaminathan, they stated: “Our postgraduates are being ill-treated and we really feel unsafe to go and paintings in such an atmosphere.”

Students, on condition of anonymity, stated: “We were doing VIP responsibility on campus for 2 months. We even went to the Raj Bhavan once we had been first posted. We thought we needed to move to the dispensary, but we had been posted on the visitor area, instead. The ventilator too was from GH. To make things worse, we had been ill-treated.”

Dr Swaminathan stated the tasks had been cancelled and the doctors had been again in wards and theatres. “It is an inside topic, but the entirety is solved now.”

Dr Jayakumar, president of the MMC students council, stated: “The department should no longer have posted PGs on that process. Second, they had been posted to a person’s place of abode as a result of they felt she was a VIP, despite the fact that that particular person doesn’t figure on the VIP record as in line with state protocol. Students had been bullied into following a roster that was no longer even criminal. We hope this by no means occurs once more.”

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