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As a cohesive effort to ascertain the social and hierarchical dimensions and the dynamics inside the medical profession, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), a national voluntary organisation of doctors of the modern scientific system of medicine, today (June 3) constituted a fact-finding mission committee to evaluate the background situation and the critical factors that led to the unfortunate suicide of a young resident doctor named Dr Payal Tadvi in B.Y.L Nair Hospital, Mumbai.

In a letter issued by national IMA, it is mentioned that “It is a well-known fact that resident doctors, especially in government hospitals, carry an inhuman workload and suffer burn out and depression. Allegations of casteist bias and slur have surfaced in the index case.”

“This, if true is a matter of serious concern which has to be addressed. As a fraternity, the medical profession is miles ahead in overcoming the barriers of caste, religion and politics. There is no discrimination on any ground within the fraternity or with the patients. However individual bias and behaviour can be at variance to this unwritten code of conduct. IMA does not condone any discriminatory behaviour,” stated the contents of the letter.

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Dr Santanu Sen, National President IMA, further mentioned in the letter, “The poor working conditions of doctors, in particular, the residents in government hospitals, the abnormal overload of work they are expected to carry as a matter of routine and the ever-present ridicule for deficiency of clinical skills cannot be pushed under the carpet either.”

The IMA fact-finding team will study comprehensively the complex issue and is expected to submit its report to IMA National President in a week’s time.

The following are the members of IMA Fact-finding team:

  • Dr Ashok Adhao, IMA Past National President, Nagpur
  • Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, IMA Past National President, Dhule
  • Dr Chandrakanth Mhaske, Dean GMC Nanded
  • Dr Hozie Kapadia, IMA Maharashtra State President, Mumbai
  • Dr Suhas Pingle, IMA Maharashtra State Secretary

Remedial measures for the prevailing situation will be contemplated as per the study report.

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