Madurai: Dr P P Ramajeyam, an assistant surgeon posted at Government Hospital, Peraiyur, has filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court Bench alleging that the state government is compelling government doctors possessing MBBS degrees to undergo a Life Saving Anaesthetic Skill (LSAS) training course that leads to a certification authorising them to administer general anaesthesia and spinal anaesthesia to obstetrics and gynaecology patients.
Admitting the writ petition Justice K Venkataraman directed a government counsel to take notice on behalf of the joint director of health services and other official respondents.
“Though the LSAS is only an optional training, all the government doctors with MBBS degrees are being compelled to participate in the training without getting their willingness… I never sent any application to undergo LSAS training. But without any application and without my consent, I was directed by the joint director to join LSAS training at Madurai Medical College,” says Dr Ramajeyam.
According to the petitioner, the LSAS training, spanning for 24 weeks, covers all aspects of clinical anaesthesia and basic sciences. The trainees should complete 100 cases of spinal anaesthesia, 30 cases of general anaesthesia, 10 cases of epidural anaesthesia, and 10 cases of laryngeal mask insertion apart from cardio pulmonary circulatory resuscitation (CPCR) and cannulation on mannequins. [Source: Hindu]