Kasni recommends suspension of PGIMS officiating director

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 10:03 IST

Pradeep Kasni, director general and secretary of medical education and research department, has recommended suspension of Post- Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, officiating director Rohtas Yadav, along with another senior professor, over the ambulance goof up with regard to former chief minister Hukam Singh who died recently.

Kasni on Tuesday submitted his report on the matter to after health minister Anil Vij.

Hukam Singh had died on February 26 at a private hospital in Gurgaon, after being shifted from PGIMS a day after his kin's request for shifting him to another hospital to seek second opinion of specialists.

His family had alleged that the PGIMS authorities did not promptly provide them an ambulance to take the ex-CM to the Gurgaon hospital and the delay caused further deterioration in his health, leading to his death.

The contents of Kasni's report came into the public domain after Vij, having received the report, tweeted about the former's recommendation for suspension of Rohtas Yadav and senior professor Dhruv Chaudhary, citing treatment and administrative lapses on the part of PGIMS.

PGIMS officiating director Yadav expressed surprise over the recommendations for his suspension, saying that when Kasni came to probe the matter at PGIMS, the latter did not even give him a chance for personal hearing.

Reacting to his suspension, Dhruv Chaudhary said that he was shocked to hear the news of action against him.

"The family of Hukam Singh had been coming to him for treatment for nearly a decade and were always satisfied with the quality treatment here. Had they been dissatisfied, why would they keep coming here for so long", he said.

Denying any lapses in the ex-CM's treatment, he said that Hukam Singh was treated with utmost care and professional approach and he was ready to face a probe by a "medical board competent enough to judge over the issue".

During his visit to PGIMS on March 3, Kasni told mediapersons that he was not satisfied with the rationale given by doctors over the delay of two to three hours in providing him ambulance. He had also raised questions over the manner in which Hukam Singh, who enjoyed the privilege of a cabinet minister, was treated at the premier health institute.

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