The medical services at the Tarn Taran Civil Hospital remained paralysed the entire Tuesday during the visit of state health and family welfare minister Madan Mohan Mittal.
Busy receiving the minister at the inauguration of the new 100-bed block built for Rs 7.92 crore, doctors could not attend to any patient. Mittal arrived at the venue at 1pm, way behind the 10am schedule. He promised to add more facilities to the block.
The state government planned to expand 100 hospitals, said Mittal, also referring to many healthcare plans in the pipeline. About the mass transfers of doctors in Punjab recently, Mittal said specialists had to be moved to urban areas where they were required in large numbers. "We'll take strict action against administrative doctors running private practice," he added.
Chief medical officer Dr Tejwant Singh, Dr Ranbir Rana, Dr Ajit Singh, Dr Shamsher Singh and Tarn Taran municipal committee president Bhupinder Singh Khera were present.