THE REPORT pertaining to the functioning of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in the case of treatment to a cousin of Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and state BJP chief Vijay Sampla has been submitted within 24 hours. A three-member board, which was constituted on Thursday to investigate the role of PIMS officials, submitted its report on Friday. The report says there was negligence on the part of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences officials in the treatment of the patient.
Civil Surgeon Dr Rajiv Bhalla said the report had been sent to the police station where the case was registered against the PIMS. He said he had not read the report. “In the report, the medical board has found that there was negligence on the part of the PIMS management and also that the patient was chikungunya positive but she was admitted in the Ortho department for over a week and proper treatment was not given to her,” claimed a police officer who did not wish to be named.
Sampla had visited PIMS on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday and found that there was no doctor on night duty. He summoned all the senior police, medical and administrative officers past midnight on Wednesday and later on his intervention, a fraud and negligence case was also registered. The minister had gone to see his cousin, Surinder Kaur, at PIMS as she was suffering from Chikungunya. He wanted to meet the doctor concerned but to his surprise, not a single doctor was available at PIMS on night duty.
Surinder Kaur is learnt to have also informed Sampla that ever since she was admitted here eight days ago, no doctor attended on her. PIMS Principal Dr Kulbir Kaur neither picked her phone nor replied to the SMSes sent to her about this episode.
Sampla told the mediapersons: “It is a serious matter and PIMS staff should be accountable for their negligence.” Civil Surgeon Dr Rajiv Bhalla said he has written to Medical Superintendent to form a board of three doctors, including medical officer, orthopedic and forensic expert, to look into the “negligence” at PIMS.