DMB members suspended

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Nov 22: Taking a prompt action against those alleged to be responsible for the death of a differently-abled class 10th student, the Government today suspended three members of District Medical Board (DMB) Srinagar along with Class-IV worker.
It was alleged that the deceased student died at the door of the Board after being denied a scribe by the JKBOSE to write for his class 10th exams because of his inability to write the paper himself due to muscular dystrophy.
“The sister and mother of the deceased person approached the Medical Board on November 17, and requested that the deceased be examined in the vehicle parked outside the centre due to his severe disability and lack of facilities therein in the centre. But the deceased was not attended and when he suffered breathlessness the doctors rushed outside to attend the deceased and referred him to hospital wherein he was declared brought dead and no health worker /doctor accompanied them up to the hospital,” the recommendation letter for suspension of the Board members stated.
The Board members, who have been placed under suspension included Dr Neelofar, a Consultant Physician at SDH Ganderbal; Dr Shuja Rashid, Medical Officer Leper Hospital and Dr Farhan Bashir, Ophthalmologist, Government Gousia Hospital Srinagar besides Ghulam Hassan, Nursing Orderly.
In an order issued by DHSK, the suspension of the board members along with Class-IV was ordered after receiving recommendations from Additional Commissioner Kashmir.
Pertinently to mention here, the suspension order has come after the Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan-who is also In-charge of Social Welfare Department-had asked about a factual report from Principal Secretary SWD.
He had asked the authorities of the Education Department to take strict action against the officers and staff at BOSE who are at the default in the death of the student.