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TN to hold talks with govt doctors on Nov 23 against proposed strike

- November 21, 2022

Chennai, Nov 21 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu health department will be holding talks with the government doctors and their association who are threatening a strike if a criminal case is charged against doctors accused in the death of footballer Priya.

Tamil Nadu health minister, Ma Subramanian in a statement said that the government will hold discussions with the government doctors who are threatening to strike from work. The health minister while speaking to media persons said, “ The doctors feel that they are affected, however, the family of the victim feel that they are affected by the doctors. We will be speaking to the doctors soon on this.”

The health department will be holding a consultative meeting with all surgeons of Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital. The government is planning to audit all surgeries and guidelines on equipment and protocol would be prepared. Tamil Nadu health department is keen on the European model of audit on surgeries are conducted so that everyone is accountable.

It may be noted that the government has taken the issue seriously after the 17-year-old promising footballer, R. Priya who was admitted to Government Peripheral Hospital, Periyar Nagar developed an infection in her right leg where a procedure was performed for a ligament tear. The doctors had not removed the compression bandage and she developed complications and was shifted to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai where her right leg was amputated. Priya developed complications and later breathed her last following multi-organ failure on November 15th, Tuesday.

The Tamil Nadu police have registered a case against five persons including two doctors under Section 304 A of the IPC which is causing death due to negligence.

Doctors are threatening that if a criminal case is registered against any of them, they would resort to strike and the government will be conducting a meeting with doctors on this matter.