If the walls of medical colleges in kerala had ears...
Disclaimer:If anyone is offended,blame the writer in me,myself an exhausted housesurgeon, who can't accept bygone easily
April 14 2020: The bond internship or C.R.R.I of 2015 mbbs batch under Kerala university of health sciences began.
.It was in the arena of Corona vs man,the young budding doctors selflessly began working.Infact they entered the Rollercoaster ride..The enthusiasm soon got smothered after realizing we were the cheap working class to complete all the left over works without time limit or duty off.We often made jokes like Food O.D like a medicine prescription....but jokes apart proper food or sleep was quite a luxury for past one year.We all had fear of compulsory extension order from government since junior batch is facing delay in the completion of exams.But as expert corona fighters and a state with role model health system, we thought they would combat the crisis by appointing NRHM doctors or juniors doctors willing to provide service voluntarily....
physically and mentally exhausted , pulling trolleys ..running between wards ...doing umpteen number of ppe swab duties not even counted as covid duty especially done during hectic postings was severe exploitation and deprivation of human rights.There were no humanitarian consideration from nursing staffs or other groups though they just had 6 hrs shift duty...There were instances when they made us run between wards and icus for bringing and returning equipments thus making us realise we were replacements for attenders,nurses and other staffs..Deprived of a proper room to sleep ,we have become experts in sitting and sleeping...if we could doze off .More over our patience wore off in course of time that we stopped waiting for other staffs to help us ,instead complete our work in time so that we may finish work before midnight.Many have chronic backpain, leg cramps but no option to complain.Seeing us in this terrible state, no one pay heed to it ,instead enthusiastically take shifts in between shifts and made it even more difficult.
A part of us were called for covid duty ,that we often faced shortage and had made our comparatively free postings hectic.We are fed up of being exploited, we know this had been a legacy passed on over years and years ....but still see time has come to make a change.There were times when lots of house sugeons faced quarantine due to exposure to covid positive patient or coworker that shortage got aggravated
We are forced to take a moment of self introspection and survival becomes a question before service.Compulsory service imposes burden of uncertainty to such an extend that we are deprived of our opportunity to prepare for upcoming pg entrance exam while all other students outside kerala or even in private medical colleges of kerala can actively start studies and move on with higher studies.Compulsory extension of CRRI is the threat we are facing...For we are literally scared to face the exploitation again.Necessary amendments and decisions should be made when its the need of the hour.
An active group of voluntary doctors can be newly admitted,permanent registration for those who completed crri can be provided and make yourself a rolemodel.