BMO suspended after woman’s death triggers protests in Pattan

Baramulla: The health department Thursday placed a senior officer under suspension after a pregnant woman’s death due to the alleged negligence of the doctors at the sub-district hospital, Pattan triggered off violent protests leaving at least six policemen injured.
Gulshan Banoo, wife of Muhammad Sharafat Khan of Zangam village of Pattan here, was brought to the SDH, Pattan where she allegedly died due to the negligence of the doctors, reports and family said Thursday. The alleged negligent death triggered protests by her family. The furious relatives ransacked the hospital equipments and smashed the window panes of the hospital. The protestors also placed the body on the Srinagar-Muzafferabad road and staged protests demanding action against the negligent doctors. The protesters also resorted to stone pelting when the cops tried to disperse them. However, police said, six of their men were injured in clashes
“She had died in the hospital but to save their skin and to make a fool of us, they directed us to shift the patient to Lal Dad Hospital,” Gulshan’s father Abdul Ahad Bhat said.
He said that sensing trouble and feeling their guilt, the authorities fled from the hospital while Block Medical Officer was nowhere in the sight
Meanwhile, the Director Health Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman said that Block Medical Officer SDH Pattan Dr Haseena has been suspended till the inquiry into the alleged medical negligence is completed.
“A three members committee comprised of Dr Altaf Ahmed, Dr Bashir Ahmed and Dr Anjum will present the report within two days,” he said.
DC Baramulla, Bashir Ahmad Bhat said that two separate committees have been formed to probe the matter. “One committee would be headed by District Health Officer Baramulla while another committee has been constituted by Directorate Health Service,” he said, adding that both the committees have been directed to present their report within two days.
Meanwhile, people protested on Thursday morning again against the incident and demanded immediate removal of the present staff of the hospital. The protestors alleged that most of the doctors deputed in the hospital shift their patients to their private clinics.
“One Dr Imtiyaz of the same hospital charged Rs 15,000 from me for a minor operation at his private clinic in Bemina while the same operation is done here free of cost,” a protestor said.
Dr Imtiyaz admitted that he charged Rs 15,000 from the patient but refuted the allegation that he compelled the patient to turn up at his private clinic. He was quoted by the news agency as saying that that there is no harm in private practice. “After 3, I am free to do anything and one should have no objection if I indulge in private practice,” he said.
Meanwhile SSP Baramulla, Mir Suhail said that police has registered an FIR vide number 194/2014 under section 304A, 109 of RPC in this regard. “We have also sought hospital records and investigation is going on,” he said adding that police has not made any arrest so far.

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