The recent suicide by Dr Archana Sharma, a young gynecologist from Rajasthan has sparked protest amongst the medical fraternity. The Goa IMA went on protest in Panjim to stand in solidarity with doctors across the country on Friday to speak about the dangers they face and grievances. Dr Rufino Monteiro speaking at the protest said that, “Doctors try our best, and work our heart, forgetting family and live for the sake of the patients. But as life is not in our hands, we are unable to treat severe cases. Hence there is a law laid down. If there is medical negligence, the doctor has to be booked but through a procedure.”
Monterio said that they would be submitting a memorandum to the Chief Minister and DIG on the issue. “We will be visiting the CM with a memorandum and seek implementation of Goa Medicare Bill 2013 that requires stronger implementation. We will also visit the DIG to sensitize them.”
Dr Shekar Salkar, said that the no one is aware of the law. “We had passed the Goa Medicare Bill 2013 under Manohar Parrikar. According to it, the Government has to appoint a committee that will address these issues. The Committee will direct the police to file a case or not. A person can’t go directly to the police station. We are trying to pressure the Government to create the committee that will include all sections of society.”
Dr Shailesh Kamat, President, obstetrician and gynecologist society, said the sometimes the outcomes are not in their hands. He said that due to the efforts of the doctors, the cases of deaths due to post-partum haemorrhage has come down. “If we don’t take action out of fear, it is the patients who will suffer. You are tying our hands, please give us a free hand and we will give results,” he appealed.