Medical doctors and female doctors have joined in a nationwide protest against ‘Malar mas’, the term for male-only health clinics in Tamil Nadu.
The issue is a sensitive one for Tamil Nadu as it has been accused of allowing the proliferation of malar clinics.
A survey conducted by a Tamil Nadu Medical Council (TMC) panel in 2017 found that nearly a quarter of all malar patients were male.
The doctors’ strike, held on Thursday, comes just days after Chief Minister O Panneerselvam declared a national day of protest over the issue.
He had earlier called for the formation of a special team to tackle the issue in his state.
“The government needs to ensure that male doctors are given a proper role and are given equal opportunity in the medical profession,” the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said in a statement.
“I want to assure the citizens of Tamil Nadu that the government is committed to making sure that male health is a priority for all the doctors and medical professionals in our country.”
The TMC’s survey, conducted between July and October 2017, found that of the more than 7,000 malar doctors registered in the state, about 2,800 were male, while about 3,300 were female.
The TMC said it had received several complaints from male patients about the issue, which it said was a violation of the law.