March 11, 2009 12:18:29 am
He is a graduate of Science from Agra University. Enough,to get him a job of dignity,Banwari Lal had thought when he came to Delhi three years ago.
He did get a job,and that too at the countrys premier medical institute AIIMS as a sweeper in the on-campus Sulabh Shauchalay. But problem erupted when Banwari Lals enthusiasm for learning took him through the hospitals hallowed portals its operation theatres albeit,unjustifiably.
Banwari Lal is the reason why the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday suspended with immediate effect a senior doctor and a laboratory technician in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Associate Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) Dr A K Bisoi and the departments senior perfusionist Yogender Singh Chauhan have been accused of putting this former restroom attendant in the cardiothoracic surgery team an act the ministry describes as a criminal offence.
Dr Bisoi taught him how to operate the heart-lung machine,the job of a perfusionist. He is also facing suspension for issuing Lal a job experience certificate which got him work in GB Pant Hospitals cardiothoracic surgery department.
Lal was perturbed when told about the suspensions. I do not have the money to become a certified perfusionist,though I do intend to save and study, Lal told Newsline from his Sultanpuri home.
Lal added: I was paid Rs 3,000 a month and was hired on contract by Sulabh. Since I showed interest in learning more,doctors especially Dr Bisoi helped me. His salary was frozen ever since authorities learnt that an inquiry had been initiated on the certificate issued by Dr Bisoi.
Down with a spinal injury,Lal is on medical leave for over a month. He is being treated for a prolapsed disc in the Department of Neurosurgery,GB Pant Hospital,and will undergo operation on March 18.
Lal was involved in at least two surgeries every day,he said. My seniors were satisfied with my work. He also said that interviewers at GB Pant Hospital did not ask about his education but only wanted to see an experience certificate.
Lal hopes to be a properly qualified perfusionist one day. I didnt know getting a certificate would land people in trouble,specially those who have helped me, he said.
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