THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Incidents of cruelty towards patients like the recent one at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital, where a nursing assistant brutally assaulted a bed-ridden patient, should not be repeated, said Health Minister KK Shylaja. She was addressing an emergency meeting attended by nurses, nursing assistants and staff here on Saturday.The meeting was convened in the wake of a recent video showing the hospital staffer’s cruelty towards a patient. Following this, the employee was suspended from service. No patient should undergo such a negative experience, the minister said, adding that strict action will be taken if such incidents are repeated.
“Hospital employees, including doctors, nurses and other staff, should ensure proper treatment and care to patients even when the latter seems impatient due to their illness. Employees should be ready to listen to them and give them proper care. There’s no need for a code of conduct for this. Employee organisations should ensure proper service by their members,” the minister said. She also urged authorities to take strict action in cases of dereliction of duty.The government has major plans for the Medical College Hospital development based on a R600 crore master plan, she said. There are plans to develop the emergency medical wing, set up a trauma care system of international standards, renovated OP wing and multi-speciality block.
At a time when the government’s attempt is to make the hospital a centre of excellence, such incidents cannot be accepted, the minister said.About 800 employees were present at the meeting. Employees’ representatives said that such an incident should not have happened and proper care will be taken not to repeat similar incidents.Medical Education director Dr A Ramlabeevi, special officer Dr Ajayakumar, Medical College principal Dr Thomas Mathew, hospital superintendent Dr M S Sharmad, deputy superintendents Dr Jobi John, Dr Santhosh Kumar and nursing officer Udayarani attended the meeting.