GB Pant hospital reluctant to provide information about mortality rate, staff strength

GB Pant hospital reluctant to provide information about mortality rate, staff strength

SANA FAZILI
SRINAGAR: Authorities at Kashmir’s lone childcare hospital, GB Pant, have been reluctant to provide information like mortality rate and staff strength in the hospital.
The hospital authorities refused to provide information after two doctors, Mushtaq Khan and Raja Muzaffar, filed an application under Right to Information Act seeking details of mortality rate, number of ventilators and cardiac monitors and staff strength in the hospital’s neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.
The information was sought on June 29, 2015 under section 7 (1) of J&K RTI Act, pertaining to life and liberty. Under this section, the hospital authorities were bound to provide the information within 48 hours.
However, more than three months have passed and the hospital authorities are yet to provide the information.
On the contrary, they have filed rejoinders before the State Information Commission (SIC) saying that the “issue did not involve any matter of life and liberty” and that the person filing the RTI should be an aggrieved party.
One of the petitioners in the case, Mushtaq Khan, claimed that he was an aggrieved party as his child was also admitted in the hospital in June.
“When I witnessing a distressing situation at the hospital during my child’s illness, I decided to file an RTI,” Khan said.
On Monday, the SIC’s chief information commissioner GR Sufi , in the latest hearing of the case, asked the aggrieved doctors to file a rejoinder explaining how the matter was of life and liberty.

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