Kanpur Chief Medical Officer suspended for refusing to perform official work

The state government has suspended Kanpur’s Chief Medical Officer,Dr Subodh Kumar Tiwari,for allegedly refusing to perform official work because “the model code of conduct was in operation”.

Written by Express News Service | Kanpur | Published: March 26, 2009 1:00 am

The state government has suspended Kanpur’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO),Dr Subodh Kumar Tiwari,for allegedly refusing to perform official work because “the model code of conduct was in operation”.

After clearing the All-India Post Graduate Medical Examinations,54 students had been allotted seats in Kanpur’s Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College.

On March 18,Tiwari refused to sign medical certificates of the students,saying that under the model code of conduct,he was not permitted to sign such certificates. As a rule,any student seeking admission in MD and MS courses is required to submit his/her medical certificate attested by the CMO.

After Tiwari’s refusal,the students informed Divisional Commissioner Dinesh Singh about the issue,who in turn,demanded an explanation from the CMO.

When Tiwari failed to provide a satisfactory answer,Singh forwarded his report to the state government.

Principal Secretary (Medical and Health) Pradip Shukla said: “Acting on the report of the Divisional Commissioner,an inquiry was set up into the matter. Dr Tiwari was found guilty and has been suspended with the immediate effect.”

The Divisional Commissioner,however,claimed that keeping in mind the implementation of the model code of conduct,the CMO has been instructed to not sign medical certificates of any individual seeking a government job. “It was,however,not applicable for post-graduate medical students. The CMO had presented things in wrong light and misled the students.”

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