Jayalalithaa death: Doctors express concern about rumours

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Over 50 doctors were employed and the treatment was under the scanner by both the state and the Central government.

Chennai: The Indian Medical Association and medical practitioners, on Tuesday, expressed concern over the increasing speculations related to the death of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. If this situation continues, doctors who are ethically committed to treat patients would fear to treat VVIPs, they said.

With rumours about the possible causes of death of late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa continuing to do the rounds, the Indian Medical Association, Tamil Nadu chapter, also said that the rumours could affect the trust of the public on the doctors.

Aiming at justifying that the treatment rendered to former chief minister was under standard protocol, the association said that the medical community is brought to shame when the hospital and the doctors are accused of not providing the right treatment.

“Our intention was not to cause any political issue. Jayalalithaa was brought in unconscious and required treatment was rendered to her immediately. She was undergoing several problems; respiratory issues, hypertension and diabetes, and was treated with best care by doctors of Apollo and the All India Institution for Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The reports from the hospital states clearly that there was no political intention,” said Dr T.N. Ravi Shankar, president, Indian Medical Association, Tamil Nadu chapter.

“Over 50 doctors were employed and the treatment was under the scanner by both the state and the Central government. The treatment was monitored by AIIMS and many highly experienced doctors were put to action for the treatment. Doubting foul play in the procedures of treatment is unacceptable.

The doctors are ethically committed to the betterment of any patient, furthermore, the patient was a celebrated politician, so the doctors treating her were on their toes at all times,” said Dr K. Senthil, president, Tamil Nadu Medical Council.

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