Another Doctor Quit Hospital for Bhopal Gas Tragedy Survivors, 14 Left So Far

Healthwire Bureau

Bhopal, January 23-A day after 13 doctors resigned at the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC), one more doctor has quit on Thursday.

On the condition of anonymity, one of the doctors said that they were upset over the pathetic condition of hospital, lack of infrastructure and denial of promotions.

The facility was set up for survivors of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy. There were 15 doctors at the facility before resignations in bulk began.

“While 13 doctors put in their papers on Wednesday, one of our colleagues resigned today. Now, only one doctor is left who has not quit,” he added.

Earlier, the doctors had submitted their resignations to BMHRC director Dr Prabha Desikan, who could not be contacted for comments.

The doctor said they were unhappy over being denied promotions despite repeated pleas.

While adding that in their resignation documents they have mentioned that they would not report on duty after a month, he said, “We have also emailed our resignations to the director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) today.”

Besides, many times we do not have necessary medicines or surgical appliances to treat patients or carry out operations. The situation has come to such a pass that we have to wait for months before conducting a surgery (as medicines or appliances are not readily available),” he said.

Since the adverse impact of the decision of the doctors to quit one by one is likely to be on Bhopal Gas Tragedy survivors, social activist Rachna Dhingra has issued an appeal to the doctors to think about the Bhopal gas tragedy survivors who were dependent on them for medical help and treatment and resume their services.

“The ICMR should intervene and help the hospital overcome the mess,” said Dhingra, who is member of Bhopal Group for Information and Action, an NGO working for the tragedy survivors.

On an average 4,000 patients visit the hospital daily. The BMHRC was built, on the Supreme Court’s direction, to treat the survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak incident, considered the world’s worst industrial disaster.

At least 3,000 people were killed and thousands of others suffered grievous health consequences when toxic gas leaked from the (now defunct) Union Carbide pesticide factory here on the night of December 2 and 3, 1984.

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