Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Doctors’ Association has announced to hold a protest against the state government on Tuesday for allowing junior revenue officials to hold inspections at government hospitals.
Following a recent incident of inspection of a government hospital by a tehsildar, association general secretary Dr Gagandeep Shergill wondered how could a tehsildar, a class-2 officer, check a doctor, who is a class-1 officer and senior to the tehsildar.
He said, “In the past, there have been a number of circulars by the state government saying any official below the level of an SDM can’t carry out inspections in hospitals.”
He alleged that in the recent inspection at Chamkaur Sahib in Rupnagar district, a tehsildar took around two hours’ time of the hospital staff, which was meant for the patients. He alleged that the entire work of the hospital came to a standstill following the tehsildar’s early-morning inspection.
While condemning the incident, he said the PCMS Doctors Association, with other health workers of the district, would hold a protest against the action on Tuesday and would also give a representation to the health minister and senior health officials.
“It’s a clear violation of the government circular issued on the instructions of former health minister Madan Mohan Mittal, in which it was clearly mentioned that no official below the rank of the SDM could check PCMS officers,” he said, adding that such behaviour lowered the morale of the PCMS doctors.