Doctor refuses to treat pregnant woman: Govt forms panel, assures action

Srinagar

The government on Monday constituted a committee to look into the allegations by a man that a Gynaecologist refused to treat his pregnant wife after the couple refused her offer for Caesarean-section in south Kashmir’s Islamabad district, last week.

The committee was constituted on the directions by Commissioner Secretary of the health department “I have directed concerned to inquire into it and take strict action in case the doctor is found at fault,” Commissioner Secretary Health, Dr Pawan Kotwal said.

Soon Mission Director NHM, J&K, Dr Mohan Singh ordered constitution of the committee for conducting the inquiry.

The committee comprising senior officers of the Directorate along with District Programme Manager Islamabad for NHM has been asked to submit the detailed factual report within three days for submission to the higher authorities so that action under rules can be accordingly effected.

Director General (DG) Health Services, Kashmir, Saleem-Ur-Rehman while confirming that three days time has been given to inquiry committee for submitting the report, assured that strict action will be taken against the doctor if allegations prove correct.

The committee also followed submission of a complaint by Bilal Ahmad Khanday whose wife was refused to be treated by the doctor identified as Dr Shaheena Katoo. (GNS)

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