Health minister designates Dr Badoo as MS B&J hospital, flouts court order

SRINAGAR: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Choudhary Lal Singh has violated a High Court order by writing the designation of Abdul Rashid Badoo as medical superintendent in the five member committee tasked to inspect the mushroom growth of nursing homes and unregistered private hospitals in the state.
Singh on September 7 issued an order in which Dr Badoo, a faculty member at Bone and Joint hospital, was supposed to hold the charge of incharge medical superintendent.
But the incumbent deputy medical superintendent of Bone and Joint hospital, Dr Shabir Ahmad brought a stay on the order on September 8.
“Dr Badoo is a faculty member and lacks all the necessary qualification to be a medical superintendent (MS). To be a medical superintendent one has to have five years experience as deputy MS which he didn’t have,” said Shabir Ahmad.
The order of Dr Badoo wasn’t endorsed by the principal of government medical college, Srinagar as well. “He lacks all the necessary qualification and experience for the post, which is why the order didn’t get endorsed,” said an official at GMC.
However, Singh violated the court order by writing the designation of Badoo as MS Bone and Joint hospital in the list of the five member committee.
Zaffar Qureshi, a lawyer said, “Forming a committee and putting Dr Abdul Rashid Badoo’s name in it is not an issue. But writing his designation as medical superintendent is an issue, because court has stayed that designation.”
“It is a violation of the court direction, and it amounts to contempt of court.”
Another member of the five member committee is incharge MS G.B Pant hospital, Dr Shafqat Khan who, according to the recruitment rules, is also ineligible for the post and the High Court has sought an affidavit from commissioner secretary on his posting.
The five member committee is headed by Saleem-ur-Rehman (Director, J&K Aids Control Society) and other members include deputy director Health Services, Kashmir Dr Karim, entrepreneur Umar Tramboo and journalist Shuja-ul-Haq.
The committee doesn’t include names of any medical superintendents whose selection has been confirmed by Public Service Commission.