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Rajindera hospital becoming a 'holidaying destination' for prisoners

Navrajdeep Singh , Hindustan Times   Patiala, January 19, 2014
First Published: 23:25 IST(19/1/2014) | Last Updated: 23:38 IST(19/1/2014)

Government Rajindera Medical Hospital is becoming "a holidaying destination" for the jail inhabitants brought here from different jails for the treatment of their ailments as their stay in the hospital is allegedly being extended deliberately.

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The trend has also become a cause of worry for the local police as it provide security for the inmate patients admitted to the hospital.

Not only this, instead of treatment in prisoner ward specially constituted for jail inmates, doctors at different departments often opt to give them medical assistance for several days in general wards with other patients.

Taking a serious note of alleged illegal practice, in-charge of Rajindera hospital police station Ranjit Singh has also written to medical college principal Dr KD Singh to look into the matter due to security concerns.

Apart from enjoying political patronage, the working of hospital doctors can also be put under scanner as such malpractices are being carried under their nose.

For instance, Naresh Kumar (38) has been reportedly admitted in the orthopedics department since November 2, 2013, following complaint for fracture in one of his legs.

Despite several hospitals in Ludhiana, he has been brought from the Ludhiana central jail to Patiala hospital for his treatment.

Earlier, Maninder Singh 'Sunny' Johar, an accused in attack on assistant inspector-general SS Mand in Ludhiana, was also brought from the same jail to Patiala hospital and was found receiving lavish facilities for no reasons on the  hospital premises.  

One of the senior doctors said several notices had been issued to hospital doctors to avoid such malpractices and to stick to mandatory rules when it comes to dealing with inmates but to of no avail.


"Term it a nexus between inmates and jail officials or between hospital's senior doctors, the practice is going on  unabated under nose of hospital authorities", a doctor said on the condition of anonymity.

Medical superintendent of hospital Dr VK Sharda said he would look into issue of overstay of Naresh Kumar.
 
"Doctors already have been directed verbally and through written notice to stop this practice. I will surely check the records and strict action will be initiated if any doctor is found guilty", Sharda said.

On the other hand, hospital police station in-charge, Ranjit Singh said: "It is problematic for us also to provide security at both general and prisoner wards. We have written to the hospital authorities to ensure treatment of inmates in prisoners wards for security purposes".

Past instances

In June last  year, enjoying political patronage, Maninder Singh 'Sunny' Johar, an accused in attack on assistant Inspector General SS Mand in Ludhiana, was brought from same Ludhiana jail to the Patiala hospital following complaints of hypertension and high blood pressure. He was found receiving lavish facilities, including coolers and food of his choice for over a month.

 In July last year, another inmate Harsimran Kaur, an  accused in attempt to suicide case, stayed for around one month following her minor foot injury.

Norms for jail inmates' treatment
 
As per the norms, doctors can keep inmates in general wards or in the specialist wards for one day and after this, it is mandatory for them to shift them to special prisoner ward. In case of serious cases, inmates can be shifted to intensive care units.

Moreover, if required, doctors can provide treatment to inmates only for seven days in prisoner ward but after that they have to take recommendations from the medical board regarding the increase in the stay of inmates than stipulated time for further treatment.

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