Srinagar, September 13: To look into claims of unlawful activity and poor patient treatment at District Hospital Ganderbal, the Health and Medical Education Department has nominated Dr. Shafqat Khan, Additional Mission Director of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, as an investigation officer.
Dr. Khan has been charged with looking into a complaint made by Dr. Ab. Majid Bhatt at the District Hospital in Ganderbal against a number of medical professionals and administrators.
Bhupinder Kumar, the secretary for health and medical education, issued a formal order that stated: “Sanction is, hereby, accorded to the appointment of Dr. Shafqat Khan, Additional Mission Director, Ayushman Bhart Digital Mission, J&K, as Inquiry Officer to inquire into the complaint filed by Dr. Ab. Majid Bhatt, against few doctors/other officials of District Hospital, Ganderbal for their involvement in illegal activities.”
The accusation, which has alarmed the medical community, asserts that certain physicians and District Hospital staff members are engaged in illegal actions, such as collecting bribes and providing patients with inadequate medical treatment.
Dr. Khan has been instructed to carry out a thorough investigation and provide a report with suggestions within ten days of the order’s date.
This event comes after many disputes involving the District Hospital Ganderbal.
Following complaints of harassment from medical and paramedical employees, the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir initiated action against Dr. Abdul Majid Bhat, the hospital’s medical superintendent, earlier on July 11.
Dr. Bhat was temporarily given the additional responsibility of being the Medical Superintendent of District Hospital Ganderbal while Dr. Nighat Yasmeen Sheikh, the current Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Ganderbal, temporarily assumed it in response to increasing pressure.
Following a demonstration by medical professionals within the hospital grounds calling for the Medical Superintendent’s dismissal for alleged reprehensible conduct, the decision was made to attach Dr. Bhat.