IMA decries action against docs, nurses after 11 Covid patients died in Mah hospital fire
   Date :18-Nov-2021

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NEW DELHI :
 
CONDOLING the death of 11 COVID patients in a fire at a Government hospital in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar earlier this month, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday decried the action taken against doctors and nurses, saying it raised serious questions about the safety of professionals. The doctors’ body said the fire incident exposes the collective responsibility of the government, administration, allied departments of engineering, and maintenance. “It is extremely painful to know that the doctors and staff nurses who were involved in the medical care of the patients in the ICU have been accused of negligence.
 
“Slapping doctors and nurses with charges under Sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code by authorities has raised serious questions about the safety of professionals in the democratic country,” the IMA said. The Maharashtra Government has suspended Ahmednagar district civil surgeon and thee other health officials and terminated services of two staff nurses after 11 COVID-19 patients died in a blaze in the ICU of the district civil hospital. Later, a woman medical officer and three staff nurses were arrested on the charge of causing death by negligence. The IMA, in a statement, said, “While specialised task departments like fire, electricity and PWD exist in all government institutions, action against doctors and nurses is nothing but swaying away from responsibilities by the machinery.”