Cops are hounding doctors in Kerala. No, they aren’t being seen as common felons yet, but a recent directive issued by the state’s director general of police (DGP)—which says that an erring doctor can be hauled up without referring the case to the district-level expert committee—threatens to reduce them to that status. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is preparing to move court against the order.
The directive was issued a fortnight after the government suspended ‘graft-tainted’ gynaecologist Dr Jameela of Ernakulam General Hospital, two days before her scheduled retirement.
A few days after this incident, a hospital in Kannoor was ransacked by an irate mob after a Congress worker died reportedly due to the hospital’s negligence.
The IMA had then warned that such incidents would be opposed by the medical fraternity. But now the new directive from the dgp has forced it to rush to the court for relief.