Bandipora: Following public outrage and news reports of mismanagement and corruption at the district hospital Bandipora, the government on Tuesday removed chief medical officer Bashir Malik and sent him to the office of directorate health service for further posting. Dr Bilques, in charge of medical care at district hospital Pulwama, was posted as CMO Bandipora.
The health and medical education department passed the order dated May 23 to remove Malik from his post. The action followed a government inquiry headed by the deputy director of SKIMS hospital. The inquiry committee looked into charges of misappropriation of funds, mismanagement, and indiscipline in district hospital Bandipora.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had sought action also against the BMO Bandipora, Mushtaq Ahmed Sheikh, accusing him of improper utilisation of hospital funds. PDP general secretary Nizamuddin Bhat had demanded a commission of inquiry against the growing mismanagement in the health sector while demanding action against Mushtaq Ahmed Sheikh.
In the third week of May, the chairman of Legal Services Authority and session judge Bandipora took cognisance of the public representations against the Bandipora hospital management. The judge sought the action-taken-report from the CMO and BMO following the inquiry committee set up by the health department.
On May 19, the five-member inquiry committee arrived at the BMO’s office located at the district hospital and later visited the CMO’s office. The enquiry committee had promised action against any officer or employee involved in mismanagement or corruption at the hospital.