SGPGI pays for doctors? snub
THE STATE bureaucracy is going slow on the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science . Quite a few files related to the institute are allegedly gathering dust at the government secretariat currently. The reason could well be the refusal by a set of doctors of the institute to a diktat by the Chief Secretary of the State to attend a case at a private hospital.Updated: Jun 28, 2006 01:29 IST
THE STATE bureaucracy is going slow on the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science (SGPGIMS). Quite a few files related to the institute are allegedly gathering dust at the government secretariat currently. The reason could well be the refusal by a set of doctors of the institute to a diktat by the Chief Secretary of the State to attend a case at a private hospital.
Dr Rajkumar, associate professor, Neuro-surgery, received a call from the on-duty PRO in the afternoon that there was a message from the Chief Secretary’s Office that he should rush to a private hospital to see a patient. Dr Rajkumar refused. The message then went to Dr Sanjay Bihari and Dr Avadhesh Jaiswal.
They too refused.
Ultimately, the vice chancellor of King George’s Medical College was sounded and a neurologist was sent to the private hospital. In the night, the patient, however, died.
When Hindustan Times asked Dr Rajkumar about the incident, he admitted that it did happen this way. “My refusal was correct, honest, and also appropriate according to the SGPGIMS Act. And I stand by it,” he said.
“First the case was not referred to SGPGIMS. Then the request did not come from the doctor who was attending the case at that private hospital; under these circumstances it would have tantamounted to interfering into a doctor’s case while he himself had not asked any help or consultation. Moreover, the SGPGIMS Act prohibits doctors from doing such a thing. And above all, there was no written direction from the SGPGIMS authority — the chief secretary or the director of the institute,” he said.
What has anguished the PGI faculty members and the staff more is director Dr Kartar Singh alleged ‘proposal’ to the doctors to apologise to the chief secretary, who also is the president of SGPGIMS.
On June 12, a General Body meeting that was presided over by the chief secretary was held. Dr Rajkumar too attended it as one of the GB members. At the end of the meeting, Dr Kartar Singh proposed that Dr Rajkumar apologise to the chief secretary as the situation might be ‘detrimental’ to the institute, said an eye witness. When asked Dr Rajkumar said: “After the GB, I wanted to talk to the chief secretary about the issue. But he was not available. I have no major problem in apologising. But I was not in the wrong.”
Dr Nirmal Gupta of Cardio-Vascular Thoracic Surgery (CVTS) said: “Such a thing reflects the erosion that is happening across the country wherein politicians and bureaucrats are compromising with respect that they should have for teachers, doctors etc.”
While Dr Kartar Singh could not be contacted as he is out-of-station, the chief secretary was not available for comment.