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Protest against deputy mayor for ‘misbehaving’ with doctors ”Interference with patient care won”t be tolerated”

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Medicos at Chest Disease Hospital here today staged protest against deputy mayor Srinagar Sheikh Imran for “misbehaving” with doctors of the hospital on Tuesday evening.

Doctors, paramedics and other staff of CD Hospital suspended work for an hour against what they called “unruly and insulting behavior” by deputy mayor Srinagar. They staged demonstrations against the incident that took place on Monday evening when Imran visited the hospital and “misbehaved” with on duty doctors.  Video of the incident went viral on social media evoking strong resentment against the deputy mayor.

Doctors alleged that the deputy mayor used “unparliamentarily language” and interfered with patient care while abusing three doctors on duty for alleged dereliction of duty.

“We demand apology from the deputy mayor.  It should be ensured that in future, no political interference is allowed in patient care,” Dr Randeep Singh, who was one of the doctors on duty when the incident took place. Dr Jamal Ahmed, who was also on duty at the time of the incident said “due to the ruckus” created by deputy mayor, doctors could not attend to patients for an hour. We could not even refer a critical patient in time, whose life perhaps would have been saved,” he said.

Doctors said that it was their job to ensure that all patients are catered to as required. “Three doctors on duty were attending to wards as well as casualty. We give our best under most difficult conditions here,” said Dr Saurabh, a doctor who was also on duty at the time of incident.

Meanwhile, various associations of doctors condemned the behavior of deputy mayor and demanded action against him.

Medical faculty association (MFA) of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar and Government Dental College (GDC) Srinagar demanded that Governor should take cognizance of the matter.

“Action should be taken against the deputy mayor for crossing all limits of decency and trying to harass the medical staff on duty. Such a mindset will certainly derail the motivation of our promising doctors who work relentlessly to alleviate suffering of the common masses,” MFA said in a statement.

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) expressed “strong resentment” over the incident saying  “such interference is a common phenomenon and we warn them to mind their own work.” It demanded that “rather than interfering in technical issues of medical profession, it was better for him (deputy mayor) to focus on hospital sanitation, drainage  water supply and electricity”.

Society of Dental Surgeons J&K (SDSJK) also condemned the “deplorable behavior”of the deputy mayor and said that “he has surpassed his service domain”.  “The incident was a political stint and we demand an FIR against the unethical and rude behaviour of the accused.”

Meanwhile, Kashmir Economic Alliance president Muhammad Yasin Khan also condemned the incident. “I condemn the abusive publicity of stunts of the deputy mayor whereby he misbehaved with a team of doctors.”

“Taking video with commuters in buses, poking nose into hospital affairs is not the job of SMC people. The incident has shocked the entire Kashmiri society,” KEA spokesman said.

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