For failing to maintain discipline, the principal of Government Medical College, Amritsar, was removed from his post on Friday evening.
Dr Santokh Singh has been transferred to Government Medical College, Patiala. Besides, hospital medical superintendent Dr Sujata Sharma has also been transferred.
The development was confirmed by medical education secretary Husan Lal. According to the transfer orders, he was transferred for failing to maintain discipline in the college and hospital.
Sources said Dr Singh was transferred on the directions of minister for medical education and research Anil Joshi. Joshi had received a complaint from a local NGO about the hospital ill-treating a patient.
Dr Singh has been transferred just five months before his retirement. He was appointed principal in March 2014. Now, he will head the department of medicine at the Patiala college.
Reacting to this, Dr Singh said it was an attempt to humiliate him. “It is routine as they have humiliated other doctors in the past. Not even a single complaint is pending against me,” he said.
Dr Singh said that during his tenure, he had got sanctioned projects worth Rs 170 crore.
Dr Singh’s tenure had raised a controversy when as principal he had imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 each on 75 postgraduate students for not attending a programme in August. Even the doctors who were on emergency duty were not spared.