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38 Junior doctors face action for making Instagram reels in Karnataka hospital

As many as 38 junior doctors are facing action from medical college authorities after their on-campus videos went viral and people accused them of 'neglecting their duties.'

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PTC News Desk: As many as 38 junior doctors are facing action from medical college authorities after their on-campus videos went viral and people accused them of 'neglecting their duties.'

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Notably, the Gadag Institute of Medical Sciences management in Karnataka's Gadag cracked down on junior doctors recording reels on campus and extended housemanship (practical training).

The reels showed the medical students dancing in their scrubs in the hospital corridors. Another showed them reading reports and holding saline bottles while a bed was wheeled across. After the clips went viral on social media, many people accused the junior doctors of neglecting their duties by shooting quirky videos. The reels included popular Hindi and Kannada songs.

The institution's director called it a "grave mistake" by the students and that the students informed them that they had recorded the reels for their pre-graduation ceremony. 

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"Whatever they wanted to do, they should have done it outside the hospital premises to avoid inconvenience to patients. We haven't granted permission for such activities," Dr Basavaraj Bommanhalli stated.

"We have taken note of this, they shouldn't have done it. Appropriate action has been taken against them. Their housemanship was supposed to end in the next 10-20 days, and we have extended that by another 10 days."

Reels captured by doctors have gone viral on several occasions in recent years, particularly in the post-Covid era. These reels have polarised public opinion. While many have praised doctors for their moves and seen the reels as a way to cope with work stress, others have questioned whether such behaviour reflects negligence towards their jobs and inconveniences patients.

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