Salary of 9 doctors withheld

DC Rajouri Mohd Aijaz Asad (in circle) standing in queue to get registration slip as comman man during surprise visit at District Hospital. -Excelsior/Bhat
DC Rajouri Mohd Aijaz Asad (in circle) standing in queue to get registration slip as comman man during surprise visit at District Hospital. -Excelsior/Bhat

DC pays surprise visit to Rajouri hospital
Excelsior Correspondent
RAJOURI, May 10: Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Mohd Aijaz Asad today conducted surprise visit to District Hospital Rajouri as `common man’, without official vehicle and squad and initiated action against nine doctors and over a dozen other officials for being absent from duty and other irregularities.
Taking every body for a surprise, the DC without being noticed by public, stood in the long queue of patients/ attendants to get registration slip from the counter/ window. He found that only one counter was operating instead of four installed for the public convenience. It was taking long time to get slips.
Later, he took photographs and also did video-graphy at certain places inside and sought attendance of the staff. He visited each and every unit and interacted with the patients and attendants and listened to their problems.
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In order to get first hand appraisal of problems faced by patients in GMC Associated Hospital (District Hospital) Rajouri and also to check punctuality of staff and to take a stock of healthcare services being provided to the people in general he examined registration process, OPD functioning and Emergency Unit. He pulled up staff at several units and asked them to work with utmost dedication.
The DC reached the hospital in a private vehicle without any escort and supporting staff. He reached hospital at 10 am sharp and went to avail registration slip for OPD at registration counter where only one registration window out of four was functioning leading to long queue of patients and attendants and it was taking almost half an hour to get the registration slip.
Later, Deputy Commissioner went to various sections of hospital and found that a number of Medical officers/officials were not present on duty in their chambers/OPD during duty hours.
He also got a printout of Biometric attendance and CCTV footage of hospital to get details about all those staff members of hospital who entered hospital after start of surprise inspection and after the reporting time.
After verification of the biometric attendance and physical attendance registers of absentee medical staff members, their salaries were withheld and show cause notice served to them. They included Dr Anil (Dental surgeon), Dr Sachin Vaid (Medical officer), Dr Syed Shuja Qadri ), Dr Tarseem Kumar, Dr Mushtaq Ahmed , Dr Sonia Nagyal, Dr Shamim Akhter, Dr Qasi Mohammad Iqbal and Dr Jahan Ara (Medical officer).
In this regard, Chief Medical Officer Rajouri has been asked to issue show cause notice to the absentee staff. Before initiating further disciplinary action in the matter ADC Rajouri and CMO Rajouri have been asked to conduct enquiry and submit the report within three days positively.
Meanwhile, Medical Superintendent DH Rajouri has been told to install more Biometric machines for a hassle free Biometric attendance in the interest of effective public service delivery.