Three sanitary workers working with the Theni Government Medical College hospital on Sunday were suspended after they gave treatments to patients and charged them money, reported The New Indian Express.
This came into light after a video of their act went viral on social media. The video showed few workers injecting medicines and providing intravenous fluid to patients. The Health and Family department asked the Theni medical college to conduct an inquiry into the matter.
An investigation team was formed which included Residential Medical officers and other doctors from the Theni government hospital. A team of officials from the Directorate of Medical education, after an enquiry into the matter, found that the three sanitary workers had given treatments to patients.
Dr Thiruvanukarasu, Dean, Theni government hospital told The New Indian Express that after the reports of sanitary workers giving treatments to patients appeared in the media, they had carried out a second enquiry.
The second time, the Directorate of Medical Education officials conducted the enquiry and found that the sanitary workers were providing treatments like giving injections and bandaging wounds. So, the sanitary workers were suspended.
The dean said that the investigation is still going on in this matter and action will be taken if any non-medical staff is providing treatment or doing work which is not assigned to them.
The sanitary workers at the hospital are outsourced from private agencies which provide contractual staff for housekeeping and cleaning.