DC orders inquiry into Councillor’s misbehaviour

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Feb 28: 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 have ordered an inquiry into the matter.
In this regard, the Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama has tasked the ADC concerned to probe the matter and submit the report within 2 days, after which, it has been said, the action, as per rules, will be initiated.
The incident, in which a person, who has been identified as Bilal Rather Councillor, Municipal Council (MC) Pulwama, was seen screaming at a doctor on duty, and later allegedly hurling choicest abuses, was captured and posted on social media platforms and has been, by now, viewed by thousands of online.
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 (the said doctor) 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.”
In the letter which has been written to the MS of the hospital, the staff alleged that they (miscreants) “obstructed the patient care which could have caused death or a serious complication to critical patients admitted in the casualty.”
They said that the doctor accompanied the “mob” to the triage room where they hurled abuses at him, while he listened to them. “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. We, therefore, request your good self to take stringent and exemplary action against the said person (Bilal Rather Councillor MC Pulwama) for his condemnable act.”
They have noted in the letter that if they are not safe while doing their duties “then we are not supposed to work in an atmosphere where we would feel unsafe and insecure. We need appropriate assurance and safety for our lives in future. We request your good self to lodge an FIR under relevant sections.”
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.
“This action of blocking patient care could have resulted in the death or a serious complication in any of the critical patients. We the doctors are aggrieved and are waiting for action which your good self had assured us. Otherwise, we will be forced to go for a protest strike,” JKDCC wrote in the letter.