Inquiry committee prepares ‘one-sided’ report neglecting victim’s side
Rape case against doctors at Services Hospital
By K A Mian
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.