New Delhi: As a cohesive effort to ascertain the social and hierarchical dimensions and the dynamics inside the medical profession, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has constituted a fact-finding mission committee to evaluate the background situation and the critical factors that led to the unfortunate suicide of a young lady Resident doctor Payal Tadvi in BYL Nair Hospital Mumbai.
“It is a well-known fact that Resident doctors, especially in Government Hospitals, carry an inhuman workload and suffer burn out and depression. Allegations of casteist bias and slur have surfaced in the index case. This, if true is a matter of serious concern which has to be addressed,” mentioned the press note by IMA.
The note further stated: “As a fraternity, the medical profession is miles ahead in overcoming the barriers of caste, religion, and politics. There is no discrimination on any ground within the fraternity or with the patients. However individual bias and behavior can be at variance to this unwritten code of conduct. IMA does not condone any discriminatory behavior.”
IMA further pointed out that the poor working conditions of doctors, in particular, the Residents in Government hospitals, the abnormal overload of work they are expected to carry as a matter of routine and the ever-present ridicule for deficiency of clinical skills cannot be pushed under the carpet either.
IMA fact-finding team will study comprehensively the complex issue and is expected to submit its report to IMA National President in a week’s time.
The following are the members of IMA Fact finding team
Dr Ashok Adhao, IMA Past National President, Nagpur
Dr Ravi Wankhedkar,IMA Past National President, Dhule
Dr Chandrakanth Mhaske, Dean GMC Nanded
Dr Hozie Kapadia, IMA Maharashtra State President , Mumbai
Dr Suhas Pingle, IMA Maharashtra State Secretary