Bandipora: Acting on a petition filed by patients, the district sessions judge on Monday sought the ‘action taken report’ from the chief medical officer (CMO) and the block medical officer (BMO) over the shutdown of patient facilities at Bandipora hospital.
The judge passed the order after a petition was filed by patients who were shown a padlocked door of the outpatient department (OPD), room number 7, for the third consecutive day on Saturday.
The patients told the court that they had approached both the chief medical officer and the block medical officer to seek their intervention, but the health officers paid no heed. The deputy commissioner (DC) Bandipora did initiate an inquiry but nothing came of that, too. “The DC Bandipora also failed to take any step to solve our problems,” said Ghulam Muhammad, one of the petitioners before the court.
While talking to Kashmir Reader, both the CMO and the BMO blamed Bandipore hospital’s Dr. Majeed for the problem. The medical officers said that Dr Majeed was deliberately trying to disrupt the hospital’s functioning for his own ulterior motives.
After patients filed their petition in court, the district sessions judge, who is also the chairman of the District Legal Services Authority, passed an order wherein he sought ATR (action taken report) from the CMO and BMO. The order reads that “the inaction by locking the OPD 7 is not only causing serious inconvenience to the public but certainly is hazardous for the sick people who require relevant medical care and attention. Applicants have placed documents on record to substantiate their standpoint.”