PGI doctors, Chief Secy at loggerheads
THE ISSUE of refusal by a set of doctors of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) to go out of the institute to ‘see’ a case at a private hospital on UP Chief Secretary’s instructions, and the resultant tussle is likely to top the agenda at the next meeting of the SGPGIMS Faculty Forum.
The Faculty Forum is planning to apprise the Governor about the incident. The ‘special’ patient was reportedly someone known to the Chief Secretary. If the Chief Secretary is the President of the SGPGIMS then, the Governor is the Visitor to the Institute!
The Acting Director of the institute has asked for a written comment from Dr Rajkumar, a neuro-surgeon at the institute. Dr Rajkumar on Friday refused to make any comments. Dr Rajkumar was the first one who was asked to visit the patient in mid-May. He had refused and then, two other neuro-surgeons who were asked, refused too.
The refusal has lead friction between the State Government Secretariat and SGPGIMS as sources say that it has brought a virtual halt to movement of files pertaining to PGI from the bureaucracy. And what has piqued the faculty members of the institute further is that the Director of the institute proposed that Dr Rajkumar apologise to the Chief Secretary.
“This is highly strange and deplorable that the entire institute is being punished that too, for the refusal that was guided by righteousness and medical ethics,” said a Faculty Forum member to HT Lucknow Live.
While a Faculty Forum office-bearer said: “There will be forum’s meeting once the vacations were over (it’s annual vacation period at PGI currently that will end on July 15). It is certain that this time meeting will be focused on this issue.
We propose to bring the issue to the notice of the Visitor. We would like to ask him if being right is wrong. We would like to ask why not to amend the act and let SGPGIMS doctors go to whereever they would like to go on-calls.”
The faculty members are becoming more and more united on the issue.