The union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is president of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), will decide on the future of a sacked doctor, Dr Shejoy P Joshua, who was cleared of charges of sexually harassing a boy under his treatment, official sources said on Tuesday, the second day of a fast by the medico’s ex-colleagues.
“The administration will write a letter to the president of AIIMS who will decide on reinstating the doctor. Director R C Deka would be doing that by July 15 (Friday),” an official from the premier health institute told IANS.
On Tuesday, a fast launched by AIIMS doctors demanding reinstatement of former resident brain surgeon Dr Shejoy P Joshua entered its second day. Around 200 doctors have joined the protest.
The AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) denied being informed about any decision of the institute on Dr Joshua’s proposed reinstatement.
“As of now, we have not been told about the decision taken by the director. In case we are told, we will talk to the administration and decide on calling off the strike,” Dr Debjyoti Karmakar, president, RDA, AIIMS told IANS.
Dr Shejoy P Joshua was suspended on February 3 after the relatives of an eight-year-old boy being treated by him complained that the physician sodomised him in his room.
The junior resident doctor was accused of molesting the boy, a resident of northeast Delhi admitted to the AIIMS neurosurgery ward for a brain tumour operation on January 18.
A police investigation detected gaps in the allegations against Dr Shejoy P Joshua and gave him a clean chit.