Ward boy turns doctor: Bulandshahr CMS shifted

Will try to fill positions of staff,nurses in UP: Health Minister

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 13, 2012 4:17 am

Will try to fill positions of staff,nurses in UP: Health Minister

Bulandshahr Chief Medical Superintendent Dr Shishir Kumar was charge-sheeted and removed from the district hospital today for allowing a ward boy to put stitches on a patient’s wound earlier this week.

The action was taken after Director General (DG) of Family Welfare Dr Chironjee Lal submitted his inquiry report.

“The CMS has been transferred to Lucknow and charge-sheeted,” said Sanjay Agarwal,Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare. Agarwal also said the ward boy in question has been suspended.

The ward boy and other Class IV employees were on Tuesday allegedly caught on camera by a TV channel,while administering injections and stitches to patients at Babu Banarasi Das District Government Hospital,Bulandshahr. An inquiry was ordered into the incident by the state government and the DG went to Bulandshahr to investigate the matter. “I went to the villages and met all the patients treated by the ward boy that day. They are all doing well and there is no other problem,” said Dr Lal.

Talking about the incident on the sidelines of a workshop organised by Population Foundation of India,Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ahmad Hasan said no laxity will be tolerated in healthcare at any level.

“The CMS was present in the hospital when the incident happened,” said Hasan. “An inquiry has already been ordered and we will also try to fill positions of staff and nurses wherever required in the state to prevent such incidents.”

CMO,Bulandshahr,Dr H S Danu has confirmed that the ward boy,Ayub,was giving stitches to a patient after several injured were rushed to the hospital following an accident between a bus and a private vehicle near the hospital. Though a doctor was present,there were several patients who needed immediate attention and the ward boy,who was trained as an operation theatre assistant,was assisting the doctor on duty,said Danu.

Meanwhile,the doctors of the hospital protested today after an emergency medical officer (EMO) was allegedly beaten up and dragged to the police station by some local mediapersons earlier in the day. “The doctors went on strike for a few hours. Once the EMO was released,the doctors resumed duty,” said the CMO.

“We gave a memorandum to the District Magistrate on behalf of the doctors and staff of the hospital,asking for security,” said Dr Madal Lal Agarwal,senior consultant at the hospital.

Meanwhile,Dr Sachin Vaish,vice-president,UP Provincial Medical Service Association said the doctors should not be made soft targets. “The ward boys are trained for such jobs. They are needed to assist the doctors. Making doctors soft targets in such incidents will only hurt the health system.”

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