CHENNAI: Three government staff nurses at district headquarters hospital in Kancheepuram district were suspended by the Directorate of Medical Services on charges of negligence over death of a young boy last month. Following this, over 50 nurses went on a flash strike condemning the management for taking action against the staff nurses on Thursday.
The services in the district headquarters hospital in Kancheepuram district were affected after the nurses entered flash strike.
According to sources, Sait (16), a class XI student from Erivakkam in Kancheepuram district,was admitted to the hospital with high fever in the morning on March 8. After the admission, the boy was administered injection and also blood sample was drawn for test. But, Sait’s condition remained the same till evening with high temperature. Later in the evening his health condition started deteriorating. The parents went and complained to the duty doctor and the nurses. By the time they came, the boy died.
After his death, the relatives of the patient staged a protest in the hospital refusing to take the body. They also complained that the negligence of the duty staff cost the boy’s life. The boy was not given any attention despite repeated requests to attend to him. They also demanded action against the callous staff.
Meanwhile, the relatives also demanded that action be taken against the staff on duty on the day and the body was sent for postmortem. Based on the allegations the hospital management conducted enquiry and found nurses guilty of negligence.
Speaking to Express,Dr K Sengottuvan, Director of Medical Services said “three staff nurses were suspended after found guilty of negligence. The nurses were given diversion, as a punishment,”