Bhubaneswar, Dec 11 (LocalWire) Protest is intensifying at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Madical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) after the government indicted its director Ashwini Pujahari for alleged unethical clinical practice.
Here are 10 things you must know about VIMSAR controversy:
1. VIMSAR in Odisha’s Sambalpur district hit the headlines when its Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) called an indefinite strike Nov 17 demanding removal of the hospital’s director and fulfilling a 10-point charter of demands.
2. Due to the strike, patients became the worst sufferers due to unavailability of adequate doctors and emergency services.
3. Large number of patients left VIMSAR and opted for private nursing homes to get themselves treated due to the strike.
4. Patients even alleged that available doctors refused to attend to them citing several excuses like shortage of staff. However, the same doctors treated them without any excuse at private clinics.
5. Earlier this month, after failing to convince junior doctors to resume work, VIMSAR authorities implemented ‘No Work, No Pay’ order on protesters.
6. The blow came on Dec 6 evening when a four-member inquiry committee submitted its report to the Odisha government where it indicted VIMSAR director Ashwini Pujahari for alleged unethical clinical practice.
7. However, Odisha health secretary Pramod Meherda refused to divulge details and told reporters: “We have got the report. We are examining it.”
8. But the truth came to the fore when the next day (Dec 7), the state government on Friday served Pujahari a show-cause notice and asked him to remain on leave till a decision was taken after receiving his reply.
9. Protesting government action against the VIMSAR director, the Sachetana Nagarika Manch (SNM) called a 12-hour bandh on Dec 10 where the agitators took to streets demanding reinstatement of Pujahari to his post till his retirement.
10. The activists resorted to protest from the early morning, staging road blockade and picketing. All trading establishments, government offices and educational institutions remained closed while vehicular movement came to a grinding halt.