Doctor ‘Manhandled’, DC Orders Probe


SRINAGAR: After a video of a Councillor allegedly misbehaving with a doctor on duty at the District Hospital (DH) Pulwama, went viral, the authorities in the district ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama has tasked the ADC concerned to probe the matter and submit the report within 2 days, and initiate the action as per rules.

Councillor, Municipal Council, Pulwama Bilal Rather, accused of misbehaving with the doctor on duty in Pulwama, was seen screaming at a doctor , and later allegedly hurling choicest abuses at him. All this was recorded in a video that was posted on various social media platforms garnering thousands of views.

After the incident, the doctors of the DH Pulwama including the paramedical staff have written to the concerned Medical Superintendent, seeking immediate action.

The medical staff has stated that on 27-02-2023, around 06:15 pm while their colleague was busy with his duty in casualty, “few miscreants barged into the room and started asking in a rude manner about the non-availability of USG facility in the hospital after 4.30 pm and why the patient has been asked to undergo USG outside.”

“Miscreants obstructed the patient care which could have caused death or a serious complication to critical patients admitted in the casualty,” they added.

They said that the doctor accompanied the “mob” to the triage room where they hurled abuses at him and tried to manhandle him. “He tried to make them understand about the non-availability of USG facility after 4.30 pm that day as the concerned Sinologist’s son was admitted to ICU, but still they were not in a mood to listen.”

The staff said that in case he would have retaliated, he would have been lynched.

Medical staff has requested the concerned authorities to take stringent and exemplary action against the accused Councillor for his condemnable act.

The Medical Superintendent of DH Pulwama, has, in the meantime, lodged an FIR against the identified MC Pulwama Councillor.

Meanwhile, the J&K Doctors Coordination Committee (JKDCC) has also written to the Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama about the matter and has sought immediate action against the accused person.

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