Srinivas Rajkumar T, the resident doctor of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), was issued a show-cause notice on Monday. Srinivas Rajkumar T has earlier questioned the quality of N95 masks and other components of PPEs being provided to healthcare workers (HCWs), was issued a show-cause notice on Monday.
The notice has asked Doctor Rajkumar to respond by Wednesday. The notice said that his unsubstantiated statements made through a tweet could damage the morale of HCWs. It added that these statements would lead them to doubt the protection available to them.
“Dr Srinivas has provided no evidence to support his claims. Despite access to intuitional mechanisms for grievance redressal has chosen to voice his claim on a public platform and sought media visibility to malign the institution… this has been viewed seriously,” said the notice.
“Accordingly, Dr Srinivas is here directed to show cause, why action should not be taken against him breach of CCS (CCA) rules by 5 pm, June 3, failing which will be presumed that he has nothing to say in his support and disciplinary action will be taken.”
AIIMS’ Doctor Given ShowCause Notice
Despite attempts, AIIMS authorities did not respond to queries sent by The Morning Standard. Further, Dr Rajkumar highlighted the flaws in PPEs given to HCWs. This highlighting lead to his suspension. He was the general secretary of AIIMS, Resident Doctors Association (RDA).
Meanwhile, Dr Rajkumar said he would provide a detailed explanation to the notice.
“Intense scrutiny of an elected representative’s tweets raises fear of Orwellian surveillance state during a pandemic… Not a time to blame the government. Our feedback is for improvement for the wellbeing of healthcare workers,” he said.
As reported by The Wire, News18 published a report on May 31, about the poor quality masks and PPEs based on a statement of Dr Srinivas. However, the story, completely changed after 48 hours, as pointed by The Wire. Moreover, a tweet by a News18 reporter showing ‘low-grade N95 masks’ in use at AIIMS has now been deleted. Many people shared this tweet.
Not allowed to criticize the Government has been happening for a long time. As mentioned in The Wire, the New Indian Express pulled back a published article that was heavily critical of the Centre’s response to COVID-19.