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Inquiry committee prepares ‘one-sided’ report neglecting victim’s side

Rape case against doctors at Services Hospital

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By K A Mian

LAHORE: A woman who was allegedly raped by the doctors and paramedical staff of the Services Hospital doesn’t seem to get justice as the hospital inquiry committee has prepared ‘one-sided’ report favouring their stance and neglecting the victim’s side.
The Medical Superintendent has forwarded a written request to the Inspector General of Punjab police for initiating disciplinary action against a police official who registered a case against some doctors and paramedic staff for assaulting a young female patient.

A copy of letter available with Daily The Business states that the FIR was registered before getting MLR and without getting advice from the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) that is flagrant violation of the Section 29 of the commission’s Act 2010 . The section provides immunity to the healthcare providers against any suit, prosecution or legal proceedings.

A fact-finding inquiry committee constituted by the hospital has already rejected sexual abuse allegations by the SHL employees during treatment.
In this regard, the IGP has already issued a directive to his field formations that all cases of medical negligence reported to the police department will be referred to the PHC through proper channel or the aggrieved parties may be directed to approach the commission to present their complaints for the redressed of their grievances.

The Young Doctors Association (YDA) following the incident had on Wednesday forcibly closed down operation theaters of the Service Hospital, leaving a good number of critical operations suspended while miserable victims in lurch.

When this scribe contacted the Health Department’s spokesperson to know about any action the administrative authority has taken against unlawful suspension of OTs, he said the hospital staff suspended the services against response of a case which was registered under provision of law.

The spokesperson said a request was initiated against the police official upon the directions of Health Advisor to Chief Minister of Punjab, Hanif Khan Patafi, adding that he will take up this with the IGP that why the FIR registered against around 20 unknown doctors and paramedic’s staff of the hospital.

Responding to a question about illegal case, the police official investigating the case on condition of anonymity said the police department registered the case according to law.

The official added if anyone or department having any complaint, doubt and grievances against the case then they have liberty to take it up with the relevant forum.

The victim told this reporter that some people of her area persuaded her to withdraw the case as usually in such cases the female victims usually don’t get justice.

She complained that neither any government official nor civil society member contacted her for support.

The woman asserted that she isn’t in position to comment more about case before getting the medical report.

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