Bandipora: The Ancillary Medical Training School associated with the district hospital here has again made it to headlines owing to the unprofessional behaviour of its officers. Their conduct has not only helped the school and hospital management worsen, it has also left students seeking training from the medical facility in a lurch.
The recent tussle is between the employees of Ancillary Medical Training (AMT) School and Block Medical Officer (BMO) Bandipora, who is calling shots in the department. The BMO is allegedly flouting all the orders of the department, even the health minister.
At the AMT School, students are on strike for last two weeks. “BMO has called back doctors and paramedical staff deputed in the school for unknown reasons and, vocally ordered to lock down the college,” says the official communication from Chief medical officer to Director Health Services Kashmir.
“The BMO has not even released salaries of the staff for the last four months despite orders passed to him by DHSK and CMO Bandipora regarding the release of salaries,” the letter reads, adding, “Directorate of health services Kashmir division in his order no DHSK/sch/814-17 dated 08/09/2017 directs BMO Bandipora to depute all the staff back to AMT School and release their salaries immediately/regularly”
After the issue was highlighted, DHSK ordered the release of salary and deputing staff. The order reads: “The Minister of State for Health and Medical Education, J&K State Srinagar has taken serious note that you have withdrawn the staff deputed for AMT School Bandipora, stopped their salaries, which has hampered the smooth functioning of AMT school Bandipora, in this context, I have been directed to direct you to depute all the staff back which were earlier deputed to AMT school Bandipora and release their salaries immediately.”
Despite the order, the BMO has not sent the staff back and the class work at the school remains suspended.
Earlier, Chief Medical Officer Bandipora had communicated to DHSK wide No CMOB/Estt/2017/1606 dated 06/09/2017 that before the BMO took over the charge of the school, it was functioning smoothly “to my satisfaction” and the parents and students “lauded” the work of the principal AMT School Bandipora. “But to my utter surprise, the BMO has stopped the salary of the staff posted in school,” reads the letter. “The said BMO did not pay the salary to the employees even on the eve of Eid and is adamant to close the AMT School and callback the staff of the institution.”
CMO Bandipora has even questioned the character of BMO and has recommended action against the BMO. “The BMO is having a bleak history regarding his character,’’ reads the letter written by CMO to Director Health. While expressing dissatisfaction over the work and behaviour of the BMO, the CMO recommended exemplary punishment for him and requested not to give him administrative charge in future.
After the contents of the letter were exposed, the CMO has disowned the statement and said in her rebuttal letter to Information department that she hasn’t stated the above mentioned against the BMO.
Amid this mismanagement and official high-handedness, the AMT School is on the verge of closure.